The Michael & Son Cares Program, which helps families with home repairs they cannot afford, recently met a very inspirational young man named Alvin King. Alvin was born with no arms or legs and reached out to the Cares Program for assistance with a faulty and dangerous hot water heater. After meeting Alvin King and his mother, The Michael & Son Cares Program repaired the water heater, then went above and beyond to make Alvin and his mother’s life a little bit easier.
Since the day he was born Alvin King has struggled with adversity. During his mother’s pregnancy, Alvin‘s mother was given a little known drug for nausea with many unknown consequences which were not expressed by her doctor. One rare side effect of the medication was limb loss during the pregnancy term. As as result, Alvin was born with no arms or legs.
Despite the monumental challenges Alvin faces, he always keeps a positive outlook on life and works hard at being as independent as possible. Alvin is able to lift weights, negotiate flights of stairs and even play basketball. One difficulty both Alvin and his mother have been unable to overcome has been transportation. Without a handicapped accessible vehicle, traveling by car is described by Alvin as “painful and dangerous”, causing Alvin to miss physical therapy appointments, family gatherings and most importantly to Alvin, church.
After meeting Alvin King for the first time, Proud Son and owner of Michael & Son Services Basim Mansour decided he would purchase a handicapped accessible van for the King family. “I’ve met a lot of truly amazing people in my life but no one quite like Alvin” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son and Owner of Michael and Son Services. “I found the few hours I spent with Alvin and his mother to be so rewarding, I felt compelled to pay him back” continued Mansour.
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There I was……..doing errands, watching Channel 4 and saw the name “Alvin King” on the television. God is good! I have been wanting to find Alvin King for years. Years ago, I sat next to him on a plane on my way to Ireland for a bike trip with a friend. I was blessed to sit next to this young man and chat with him throughout the trip. He was so inspiring that I have thought about him often since that plane ride and he was the inspiration of one of my writing assignments in a writing class I took.
Thank you Michael and Sons for highlighting Alvin King and blessing him with a brand new beautiful van.
Great story! Let me know if he ever needs any other help and I will try to help or find somebody who can
This is Godsend! I was just praying to find/hear about someone faithful in spite of the odds. When I saw Alvin King’s story and how Michael & Son helped out. I was inspired and had renewed faith that there are still good people out there. If Alvin wants to share in faith. I would love to reach out to him!
Amazing!!!! In 2008 I met Alvin King on a plane. What a small world.