It’s always good to hear someone doing something for someone else, not because it’s a good story, but because they needed it, and this story is no different.
In an article from CBS News, school bus mechanic Thomas Mitchell was a substitute bus driver for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. This is not uncommon for him to fill in for bus drivers. What is uncommon is what he did for one of his students. On one fateful route, he noticed that his student, 10-year-old Lydia, a third-grader, was having a difficult time when her mother was having a difficult time bringing her down the stairs in a wheelchair.
Not being able to shake the image out of his head, Mitchell decided that he had to help. “There was just hardly any room for her to maneuver this wheelchair,” Mitchell says. “It just didn’t seem right for somebody to have to struggle like that.” So, he called Lydia’s mom, DeSpain, and asked if he could build a ramp for her daughter, for free!
After months of planning and getting all the tools ready, Mitchell and a few of his friends built the ramp. DeSpain was floored with such an act of kindness. “I’m every thankful and grateful,” she said. “It’s a major blessing. This is the best year my children and I have ever had.”