12 Ramps of Christmas: We Need Your Help!

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Last Christmas, volunteers stepped up to help out and built 12 ramps in three weeks.

This year, we need your help again! The waiting list has nearly one dozen names of elderly or disabled individuals who could benefit from an access ramp.

Last year, as James was coming out of his rented home, he came down the ramp and his chair toppled over, leaving him lying in the dirt yard for hours. His ramp was a piece of plywood set atop two cinder blocks.

James told his story to Mary Groves, who delivers food to homebound residents and then Mary set out to make sure James never fell off a ramp again. She contacted Council on Aging who referred James to the St. Johns Housing Partnership. There were twelve ramps total that were an immediate need so people could safely exit and enter their homes.

COA provided the majority of the funding for materials, but the looming problem was manpower, volunteers to do the labor. When the dust finally settled, twelve ramps had been competed in less than three weeks and twelve men, women and children had the best Christmas gift of all, thanks to the volunteers who gave the greatest gift of all; their time.

“I think we set a record,” said SJHP Director Bill Lazar. “This was truly a community effort and it shows just how much people do care and that they are willing to give their time to help improve the life of someone else. It’s inspiring.”

Would you like to help people in our community like James? Please call our office today to help build a ramp by donating materials, money or time.

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