Bus Driver Builds Ramp For Special Needs Child
Thomas Mitchell is a vehicle mechanic who sometimes substitutes as a driver for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. While driving the special needs bus on one of these days he noticed that it was very difficult for Verna DeSpain to get her daughter Lydia out of the bus every morning due to a cheap ramp.
She had to somehow maneuver the wheelchair onto the porch and then down a cheap aluminum ramp.
Lydia suffers from a developmental seizure disorder.
He wanted to help so he started contacting companies that might donate a ramp. He even contacted the local Lowe’s to find out what he could do.
Lowe’s was willing to donate all the raw materials needed to build a ramp. When he told DeSpain about it, she was overjoyed!
In collaboration with co-workers and family members Mitchell was able to make a ramp with additional porch space within three hours!
The DeSpain family is really happy about the great ramp and the porch space!
“I’m glad that there’s still kindness in the world,” DeSpain said.
The school put together a great video about the making of this ramp, and you should definitely watch it!
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