Early Saturday morning, volunteers from Boone County, Indiana, including Zionsville Christian Church and Project Manager Larry Whinnery, arrived at the site.
5 year-old “AJ”, his dad George, mom Julie, brother George, and twin brothers (4 months old) were thrilled to see the volunteers, and AJ, as his dad said, had asked every day this week, wanting to know when SAWs was coming.
First order of business was to remove AJ’s existing ramp. The ramp in place was a simple steep platform that had been sending the adventurous and energetic AJ into the street with velocity. It was time for an upgrade.
AJ and his family got involved with the build. AJ loved using the impact driver, and George generously provided lunch for the crew.
After a long day of hard work, the family was left with a new 31-foot, ADA-compliant, wooden ramp that would help AJ safely get to the school bus, play outside, and ensure his parents that he could grow in independence without fear of falling off his ramp.
AJ’s ramp was a gift from over 150 donors throughout Indiana. In May, WTHR’s Send the Love with Scott Swan featured Servants at Work, Inc, and asked their viewers to donate $5 to help build a ramp. The response was simply amazing. Viewers gave from $5 to $500, and totaled $4,340, which was able to cover the costs of materials for this special ramp for AJ.
Read the WTHR article here: Thorntown 5-year-old gets new wheelchair ramp, thanks to $5 donations.
Photo credit : Carolyn Case at Media37