30-year-old man with special needs gets first birthday party, thanks to former teacher's help
A 30-year-old Texas man with special needs celebrated his birthday for the first time thanks to a former teacher.
Chris Barrington was found walking down a highway by authorities in Gatesville, Texas, according to KWTX.
Barrington, who functions at a 6-year-old level, had been wandering for two days.
According to KWTX, his father was sick with late-stage leukemia and unable to move.
Barrington has no known immediate family.
He did remember the name of a teacher from junior high, who taught him for four years, Michell Girard.
Girard had not seen Barrington for years, but was more than willing to step up.
“I said, 'What happens if I don't take him? Will he get in a group home?' They said, 'No he'd go into an institution,'” Girard told KWTX. “I said, 'Not on my watch he's not.'”
Barrington's father died Aug. 1. Girard is applying for guardianship of Barrington.
In the meantime, Girard said she wants to provide Barrington with a lifetime of experiences he has missed.
“He's never had a birthday present or a birthday party. He's never had Christmas, Thanksgiving, nothing,” Girard said. “So this year is going to be full of firsts.”
Thanks to Girard, Barrington celebrated his birthday for the first time with a party. He also got to go on his first boat ride and fishing trip.