New playset surprise for Athens special needs family

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - A group of volunteers prepared banners hung up on a backyard playground set as they anxiously awaited the arrival of a family brought together by love.

"Having many children with special needs, it truly takes a village," said mother Michelle Enskat.

That village, plus Magic Moments, brought backyard surprises for 10-year-old Nikolai and 7-year-old Timofey.

"I've been working behind the scenes working with people over at BancorpSouth in Huntsville," said Logan Harris, program coordinator for Magic Moments.

The company, along with willing volunteers, built the playset for Timofey and the accompanying mini-firehouse for Nikolai while the Enskats were on a spring break vacation out of town.

Most of the siblings, including Timofey and Nikolai, have special needs, ranging from down syndrome to cystic fibrosis.

The children's doctors nominated the family for the surprise that their mother says is life-changing.

"It's amazing to see how there are so many wonderful and great people in the world that love special needs children as much as we do," said Enskat.

The surprise is a gift not only for the two boys, but also for their other 12 siblings.

"The fact that 11 are adopted and 3 are biological is just extraordinary," said Harris in amazement.

"We have a biological daughter with down syndrome," explained Enskat. "She inspired us to open our hearts and home to other special needs children that didn't have families."

Magic Moments, based in Birmingham, has been providing wishes to critically-ill children since 1984.