Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit approved organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney.
The vision of Sunshine on a Ranney Day is to renovate homes for children with special needs and restoring hope for families. We are a licensed general contractor that specializes in wheelchair accessible bathrooms, dream bedrooms, in-home therapy rooms and wheelchair ramps/lifts. We take great pride in the quality of our work, professionalism and passion that is put into each makeover. Through our partnerships with local companies and donors we are able to offer our makeovers to families at no cost.
In 2012, Sunshine on a Ranney Day performed their first makeover for an 11 year old boy who always wanted a military bunker bedroom. This special child was Mathew Majka who was battling a brain tumor. From that point on, the husband and wife duo, Peter and Holly Ranney, realized this mission was bigger than they imagined.
Holly is a graduate of High Point University with a degree in Interior Design and Home Furnishings Merchandising. She spent 12 years as a buyer for Rooms To Go Kids. She traveled extensively around the world working on product development and developed strong relationships in the furniture industry. Peter is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Accounting. He grew up in the building industry and worked several summers with his Dad in the family business doing construction. At that time he thought he wanted to get out of construction and pursue a career in accounting. Little did he know that he would end up back in construction. Now he is a licensed general contractor and heads up all the construction projects for Sunshine on a Ranney Day. He also owns the residential remodeling company Ranney Blair Construction.
We are often asked why we started the charity. There was no tragedy or special child that triggered us. It has been a lifetime of experiences and inspiration from a sermon that has guided us on this path. From our first makeover, we realized this was our calling together. - Peter & Holly Ranney
By the way, the SOARD charity logo and official mascot, Gracie, is the adorable pot-bellied pig Peter gave to Holly as a wedding gift. She can be seen here in her custom built house by Peter Ranney.
Q: How long has Sunshine on a Ranney Day been around?
A: Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a kid's charity in Atlanta, was formed in February of 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney. The first makeover was completed July 2012.
Q: Why is the name spelled the way it is?
A: Ranney is the last name of the Founders. Common misspellings are Sunshine on a Rainy Day and Sunshine for a Rainy Day, however the correct spelling is Sunshine on a Ranney Day or SOARD (pronounced like sword) for short.
Q: How are the kids chosen?
A: The kids are chosen based on our resources and need. SOARD often receives referrals from local hospitals and children’s health organizations, SOARD accepts applications for makeovers in and around the greater Atlanta area.
Q: Who designs the rooms?
A: We work with professional designers who volunteer their time and talent.
Q: Who does the work on the makeovers?
A: Peter is the project manager on all of the projects. Any work related to electrical, plumbing or HVAC are done by licensed professionals. Other work is done by our trusted sub contractors.
Q: Where is the charity located?
A: The Atlanta charity was founded in Roswell, GA and it's day-to-day operations in Roswell, GA.
Q: What area does the charity serve?
A: Currently the metro Atlanta area. (within 60 miles of Atlanta)
Q: Do you have plans to enter into other states?
A: Currently we are focusing our charity efforts in the Atlanta area. Peter and Holly as well as the Board of Directors are exploring expansion.
Q: What is the age range of the children that you help?
A: We help children ages four (4) through twenty one (21)
Q: What is the meaning behind the logo?
A: The centerpiece of the logo is Gracie the pig. Gracie was a wedding present that Peter gave to Holly before their wedding in Santorini Greece. The saying "Everything will be Ok" is meant to give encouragement and focus on the positive side of the daily struggles our kids face.
Q. What are Sunshine Chairs?
A: Sunshine Chairs are our line of kids chairs that are personalized with inspiring messages straight from our Sunshine Kids. Net proceeds go toward our room makeovers.
10800 Alpharetta Hwy
Suite 208 #625
Roswell, GA 30076
42-C Oak Street
Roswell, GA 30075