“Donnie is a perennial presence in Birmingham. He sells candy at various locations in Birmingham, seven days a week, all day long. He's always open. In one of our first conversations, Donnie laid out his vision for being the owner of a huge candy shop one day…
When Donnie's working, it's not merely transactional: the sale of candy. There are richer moments of connection.
He's never saying, "Hey, slow down, you blew past me again, I'm using a computer, and I'm trying to respond to you." He's never once spoken to me about his cerebral palsy and how it shapes his day to day. Unless I inquire. He just asks me how I'm doing and has helped us with this project each time we needed it. It doesn't take a mathematician to tell that Donnie's doing more work in relationships with others than most are in return. Meeting him has taught me things that allow me to try to meet Donnie half way. I still don't do the best job, but of course Donnie is there to make up the difference so seamlessly. Not that he would ever point that out.”
-By Liz Hildreth, as told by filmmaker Jennifer Crandall