GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - You may not have known it, but Sunday was officially Randall Enge Day in Gulfport. If you don't know Randall, you will now.
While there was plenty of celebration for the 16-year-old student, it was for a serious reason. Both he and his mother face a daunting task.
Randall suffers from mental and physical limitations.
He can't walk. His mother, Sherri Enge, has to pick him up and lift him out of their van. Not once, not twice but many, many times each day.
Rick Amos and the deacon ministry of Mercy Seat Baptist Church in Gulfport are trying to raise money to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for Randall.
"The smile that's on his face," Amos said. "He just brings so much warm and joy to the entire congregation."
The words and music were meant to comfort. The money will help with a problem that won't go away.
"It's a real blessing. It's overwhelming," Enge said. "There's so much gratitude in my heart that I can't really express it. It's just the blessing from God."
During the service, Amos brought tears to the single mom's eyes.
"I'm sure there were many days and many nights that she prayed, 'Lord, give me an opportunity to make this easy,'" Amos said. "Sherri, today, we're here to make it easier for you."
The church is hoping to raise $25,000 for the van.
To donate, go to www.youcaring.com/wheelchairvanforrandall or mail donations to Mercy Seat Baptist Church, attention Deacon Ministry, P.O. Box 787, Gulfport, MS 39502.