It's been four months now since j-t townsend passed away. disabled and bound to a wheelchair after an injury while playing football for episcopal high school, j-t dedicated his life to helping others with disabilities. he created the j-t townsend foundation.. and although he's gone, he is still helping and touching the lives of so many people.. an event happening later today is proof of that. channel 4's erica rakow joins us live this morning with more about a huge donation being made this afternoon.. 3 3 3 THE J-T TOWNSEND FOUNDATION ALONG WITH J-T'S PARENTS ARE DONATING HIS VAN TO HELP MAKE ANOTHER DISABLED MANS DREAM COME TRUE.IT'S A SPECIAL VAN, BUILT JUST FOR J-T..AND AFTER A LOT OF TIME SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT PERSON TO PASS IT ON TO.. THEY'VE FOUND HIM. 3 00-0811-21IT'S GARNET ON THE OUTSIDE.. GOLD ON THE INSIDE.. THAT WAS J-T'S REQUEST WHEN ASKED WHAT COLOR HE WANTED HIS VAN WHEN IT WAS BEING MADE SPECIALLY FOR HIM.JUDI ZITIELLO/BOARD CHAIR OF JT TOWNSEND FOUNDATION 5:05 when mike Davidson ford donated the van to JT they had an extended roof on it for his stature, his tall stature and his large wheel chair and 5:18 it's completely wheel chair accessible it has a lift and ramp IF YOU DIDN'T ALREADY FIGURE IT OUT.. IT'S THE COLORS OF HIS FAVORITE COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM.. J-T LOVED TAKING ROADTRIPS IN "HIS BABY"..SITTING RIGHT HERE IN HIS WHEEL CHAIR WATCHING HIS FAVORITE SPORTS TEAMS PLAY. AFTER J-T PASSED AWAY .. HIS FAMILY SEARCHED FOR THE RIGHT PERSON TO DONATE IT TOO.THEY FOUND JOSHUA BRANTNER AND HIS STEP FATHER HAROLD LAWRENCE. 6:52 they couldn't find a van large enough tall enough for Joshua and that just struck a chord with me, the van they have currently has around 200,000 miles on it and it's not working properly all the time HAVING A PROPERLY WORKING VAN IS VITAL FOR THEM.. JOSHUA CAN'T WALK OR TALK..HE FELL ABOUT 30 FEET FROM A TREE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL 12 YEARS AGO.. AND SUFFERED A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. SINCE THEN, HE AND HIS STEP DAD FOUNDED THRU THE ROOF MINISTRIES..THEY'VE TRAVELED TO 13 STATES SO FAR.. SHARING THEIR BOLD MESSAGE WITH CHILDREN, PARENTS AND GROUPS..ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE.. THEIR GOAL IS TO MAKE IT TO ALL 50 STATES.7:37 we are so happy to be able to provide the transportation that will give Joshua his dream just like it gave JT his dream too JOSHUA AND HIS STEP FATHER WILL NOW BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE OTHER 37 STATES..SHARING THEIR OWN EMPOWERING STORY.. AND NOW, THEY'VE ALSO VOWED TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE THEY SPEAK WITH KNOWS ABOUT J-T, HIS STORY AND HIS FOUNDATION, TOO. 9:23 his stepfather, just we both cried we just felt like god had put us together 3 J-T'S VAN WILL BE PRESENTED TO HAROLD AND JOSHUA AT 4:00 THIS AFTERNOON AT "CHRIST THE REDEEMER CHURCH" IN PONTE VEDRA BEACH.EVERYONE IS INVITED TO BE THERE AND JOIN J-T'S FAMILY AS THEY MEET JOSHUA AND HAROLD AND PASS HIS PERSONAL VAN ON. Erica, The foundation has helped 86 families to date with over 180-thousand dollars in equipment and financial assistance. and we the foundation hasn't slowed down since he passed away.. how are they doing donation wise? UNFORTUNATELY THE DONATIONS HAVE SLOWED DOWN AND THE APPLICATIONS FOR HELP ARE JUST BUILDING. THEY GET A LOT OF APPLICATIONS FOR WHEEL CHAIR RAMPS .. HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE VANS.. WHEEL CHAIR STROLLERS.. AND ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT THEY DONATE.. IS BOUGHT WITH DONATIONS. SO THEY'RE ASKING PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS TO CONSIDER DONATING TO THE FOUNDATION.. TO HELP OTHERS IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA AND TO KEEP J-T'S DREAM ALIVE.YOU CAN GO TO JTTOWNSENDFOUNDATION.O RG FOR OUNDATION.O RG FOR INFORMATION. If you'd like to help the foundation- there is a fundraiser and fashion show at Suite in St. Johns town center...to benefit the JT Townsend Foundation- $10 per ticket and includes a free drink! 100% of ticket sales goes back to Jt's foundation- tickets can be purchased at the door!!