Holly and her husband Pete have devoted their lives to helping strangers. They started their charity, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, as a part-time endeavor but it quickly became the center point of their lives. Pete, a general contractor, oversees all of the projects and performs much of the work himself. Holly quit her job as a buyer for a national furniture company in order to run the charity full time.
Their mission is as noble as it is simple: To help children with special needs and restore hope for their families.
Pete and Holly run a charity that renovates the homes of children with long-term illnesses and disabilities at no cost to their families. Sometimes it's a wheelchair accessible bathroom. Sometimes it's a dream bedroom for a child undergoing cancer treatment. Sometimes it's an in-home therapy room for a child with autism. In a little over 5 years they have completed over 60 projects. They also recently turned the cold, sterile family rooms at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta into comfortable and relaxing living spaces that rival the best boutique hotels in Atlanta.
Their selflessness and commitment to bringing a ray of sunshine to people who are surrounded by dark storm clouds. They are truly leading a rare life that is making the world a better place.
The money would be used to renovate homes of children with special needs. In 2015 and 2016 they completed 15 projects each year. In 2017 they hope to complete 20 projects. It costs from $8,000-$15,000 for a bedroom makeover, $10,000-$30,000 for a therapy room and $18,000-$35,000 for a wheelchair bathroom.
In 2012 my friend Bill Halstead’s son had a large limb fall on him from a tree at his daycare leaving him with a severe traumatic brain injury. I remember sitting next to Bill at the hospital shortly after the accident. He’s exhausted, not sure what the future held. They weren’t even sure if Tripp was going to survive. Bill looked over at me and said “There’s this charity that wants to do a room makeover for Tripp when he gets home. Pretty cool.” At that moment I saw him smile for the first time since the accident.