Local nonprofit gives back to children with disabilities

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mayvory Rienzo, 3, and Maverick Rienzo, 5, were born with a rare form of dwarfism.

Rooms With A Purpose is giving back by remodeling the rooms of children with disabilities. (WJHG/WECP)

Their mom says Maverick would often climb over his old playpen, but now both he and his sister can safety climb into their beds.

"They were sleeping in like, pack and plays with foam mattresses with their toys... it was nothing like this," said Joelle Davidson.

Their new room is giving Mayvory and Maverick independence in more ways, like being able to pick out their own clothes.

Founder Sherry Milton says it was an honor to be able to do this for this family.

"As adults when we don't feel good we want to go to our room and we want to have our own little space and so to give them something that's just for them is just an amazing blessing," said Melton.

Rooms With A Purpose was founded after Melton says she was inspired by a TV show where someone creates a non-profit, giving back to families who have children with disabilities.

"I knew when I saw this that this is what I wanted to do," said Melton

Rooms With A Purpose started last year. This is the first family they've helped.

"It's not about me or all the people that have done the work, it's about the joy," said Irvin Clark, Chairman, Rooms With A Purpose

They operate thanks to donations and volunteers.

But they say the greatest gift is giving back to others.

"To make a difference in these kids' lives knowing what they face every day is the greatest blessing in the world," said Melton.

More information, including how to donate and volunteer, is available at Rooms With A Purpose on Facebook.

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