pierysburg, virginia – A Giles County family is starting a unique business.
Father Charlie Merriam said that “Simple Fixins” will be a hot dog food trailer when it comes out in about a week or so, but it will also serve a larger purpose.
Merriam said it all started when she asked her son what he liked. “He said I like hot dogs,” Merriam said. That’s how Simple Fixins’ was born.
Charlie Merriam’s son, Marcus Austin, is 21. Merriam adopted him and his two siblings about ten years ago.
Austin has autism, but he doesn’t let it get in the way of him. That’s where Simple Fixins comes in.
“Our goal is to help people with disabilities,” Merriam said. “Of course Marcus has autism and we don’t treat him like he has autism, but even so, he’s excellent. I want him to have something that he can grow into.”
When they started their business, they planned to donate a portion of their earnings to autism awareness and have a long-term goal of employing people with disabilities. I’ve already heard from other parents with special needs that they’re impressed with what they’re doing.
“She said my kid probably wouldn’t be able to do this, and she saw Marcus’ story,” Merriam said. “It just inspired her.”
Merriam said she has already booked one event. Staying true to their Austin roots, they offer a simple fixin on the adoption agency function.
To donate or learn more, visit the Simple Fixins Facebook page.
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