TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A sister's love for her brother with a disability has turned into an organization that helps people with special needs.
Robin Lally and Ashley Richmond are putting the final touches on "Beyond Incredible," their big event for people with disabilities.
"Its actually a fashion event, so our friends with special needs arrive to a red carpet," Lally told FOX 13.
The program is organized by HUG, which stands for "Help Us Gather."
"That is what we are here to do, is to help these individuals gather together, have fun, create memories and just enjoy life," she explained.
Lally is the founder of HUG, and started the nonprofit to help her brother Rick, who has autism. He had trouble finding friends and companionship.
"He was lonely and I found out that there were a lot of others that were lonely as well," she said. "So we set out to fix the problem."
Lally created a social calendar website for people with special needs. Now she hosts numerous events every month.
"There's so many people that they just need a social connection," she said. "They just need to feel important, they just need to feel valuable, so we can do that and we can make a difference and it's so incredibly motivating."
HUG is impacting the lives of those with special needs, reaching out with compassion and love.
The special event will be next month. For more information, visit HUG's website.