Saturday, December 17, 2011
High school students, local contractors and retailers have joined forces the past couple of days to help the foster family of a 9-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy.
Students from Maize High School and Maize South High School were enlisted to help with the construction of a wheelchair ramp at the family's north Wichita home.
Steve Hunter, owner of Hunter and Sons Construction, said he was moved to organize the project after hearing a plea for help for the boy's family on a local radio station by a social worker at his school.
"It kind of made me think of my daughter who works with some special needs kids at Maize High School during her encore class and I thought, 'You know, what a better way to pay it forward than to come out and help this family out,'" Hunter says.
Not only did Hunter round up some volunteer labor, All Seasons Construction, Star Lumber, Lowes and New Market Square all donated materials and services as well.
Hunter says it feels good to help a family in need, especially so close to Christmas.
"I was over here yesterday and I helped the little boy out of the home and, you know, it was even difficult for me helping him to get out of this house," he says. "So I could see that we really needed to push this ramp forward and get it done as quick as possible."