Falkville man paints smiles on children’s faces with unique renovated wagons

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FALKVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Morgan County man has a mission to make children in the hospital smile with his artistically renovated Radio Flyer wagons. These wagons have a unique purpose.

"Yeah to haul the kids around the hospital," Painter Rickey Irvin said.

They carry precious cargo at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham; passengers like Irvin's grandson.

"He's down there at Children's Hospital all the time and so we're down there," Irvin said.

While visiting his grandson, Irvin had an idea.

"This is my way of giving back," Irvin said.

Working through Volunteer Services at the hospital, he takes little red wagons from worn to wonderful.

"Their eyes, they're huge, they run right by the regular red radio flyer wagons to get to one of these painted wagons," Irvin said.

Each of the dozens of wagons that have left Irvin's small Morgan County garage over the past eight years is made with the patients in mind.

"You have to be careful the type of paint you use because of sick kids, you can't just use any paint," Irvin said.

Irvin said he hopes his labor of love puts his message into motion.

"Quit being selfish and open your hearts," Irvin said.

As for a business venture in the future, Irvin said his only plan is to continue painting for the young patients.

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