Thomas Mitchell, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was filling in as a bus driver when he came upon Verna DeSpain, struggling to get her 10 year old daughter inside.
Mitchell who fills in as a substitute bus driver for the Clarksville Montgomery County School District when he’s needed was driving down the road when he Saw DeSpain. Mitchell’s route includes bringing a group of special needs children to school.
This was the first time he had met DeSpain and her daughter Lydia, who is in the third grade and in a wheelchair. Mitchell told the school district “There was just hardly any room for her to maneuver this wheelchair.” “It just didn’t seem right for somebody to have to struggle like that.”
Mitchell could not get the image out of his head of the mother struggling, so he called DeSpain a few day’s later and offered to build a customized ramp for Lydia free of charge.
It took several months of planning, but Mitchell gathered the tools, got a couple friends together and got Lowe’s to donate the materials.
Mitchell and his group of friends worked hard throughout the day and accomplished building the ramp in just one day.
DeSpain and Lydia no longer have to worry about getting in and out of their home anymoe, thanks to the kindness of one man and a few friends.