Randy Hogue of Powder Springs, Georgia and his grandson Gage, who is autistic, blind, and mostly nonverbal, hope that their artwork, titled “The Crying Flag,” will help spread awareness about children with disabilities.
"If there is a disabled person, you have to understand. All they want to do is be included, just be included in life,” Hogue told WSB-TV.
For Hogue, that means having his grandson, Gage, join in on a favorite hobby: painting. "It really excites him to think he achieved something," Hogue told the station. "Everybody knows he didn't paint it on his own. But it's his painting."
Hogue had a few prints of the painting made for friends and family. And last month, the grandfather and grandson sent one to the White House for President Trump, along with a letter describing Gage's story.
A month later, they received a response from the president. "Thank you for the beautiful painting of the American Flag that you and your Pawpaw made. You are a very talented artist!" the letter reads. "The Stars and Stripes are a meaningful source of inspiration and pride to all Americans. Your patriotism and perseverance encourage me as I continue to work hard for our Nation."
Along with an autographed photo, Trump sent a copy of it in braille.
However, it is the last part of the letter that caused Hogue to tear up, as faith has always been a staple in their home.
"You are beautifully made in the image of God, and I hope you always remember that you are loved and cherished by so many," the letter concluded. "God bless you and your family."
Randy Hough did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
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