Randall Reed, Planet Ford sponsor Best Buddies Disney trip to Florida
- Written by Jeffry Tupa
Magic. For dozens of children with learning differences and their peers in Humble ISD's Best Buddies program, that is exactly what they experienced during a dream-come-true trip from Houston to Disney World theme parks and Universal Orlando in Florida. Randall Reed, owner of Randall Reeds Planet Ford in Humble, along with his wife, Sherry, were thrilled to sponsor and be part of a truly special adventure for some very special children. For many, it was a first vacation, a first plane ride and a first roller coaster. For others, it was a first spontaneous hug for a beloved childhood character from a child who never hugs. For all, it was a life-changing trip no one from the Reed family, Planet Ford or the Best Buddies will forget. "Sherry, my wife, Shelby, my daughter, and I had an amazing weekend at Disney and Universal with the Best Buddies from Humble," said Reed. "We want to thank all the chaperones and Reed support team for making this one memorable experience for these great kids." June 12-17, students from the Best Buddies chapter at Kingwood Park High School took in all of the sights and sounds of the Disney World theme parks and Universal Studios. From Space Mountain at Disney to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal, the Reeds, Best Buddies, their teachers and families enjoyed two days at each park. At night, the excitement didnt stop. The kids enjoyed marshmallow roasts and smores outside their Disney Wilderness Lodge cabins. They had a huge, family-style barbecue with celebrity guests on hand, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and various other Disney characters. The Reed family, Planet Ford and various donors contributed to create this fairytale journey. "Thanks to all the contributors and Chuck Kramer, partner at Randall Reed's Planet Ford in Humble, for making this weekend possible. You all rock!" said Reed. "Our team at Planet Ford is so happy that we were able to help make this dream vacation come true," said Kramer, General Manager/Operating Partner. "Everyone worked hard, including the students, and it paid off. They had a blast and will have lifelong memories that they will forever cherish." Typically, these students, who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, are unable to go on school trips without their parents due to their special needs. Not only did all of the children, chaperones and family members receive hotel, airfare and tickets to the parks; Reed provided each child with mementos, from custom keepsakes and T-shirts to autograph books. This trip was the result of the Reed's memorable and moving visits to the Best Buddies program in Humble ISD. "These families rarely, if ever, have the time or resources to take a vacation together, much less to a place as magical as Disney," said Sherry Reed. "It really is all about the magic," said Reed. "We are thankful to be part of the journey, but there are no more roller coaster rides are in my future," he joked. "Fifteen was enough!". Cutline: Best Buddies from Kingwood Park High School enjoyed the Disney trip of a lifetime courtesy of Randall Reed's Planet Ford.