Residents step up to build Florissant boy new wheelchair ramp Residents step up build Florissant boy new wheelchair ramp
Posted October 31, 2017 11:55 a.m. EDT
Florissant, Missouri — An 8-year-old Florissant boy got a priceless gift from complete strangers.
Anthony Sanders has a spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair, but until this weekend he didn't have a ramp to get into his home.
"It was awesome, I can't believe they built it for me," Sanders said.
Doyle Gribble just happened to be driving by the home one day and saw Anthony struggling to get onto the porch with the help of his grandmother.
Gribble then messaged the 'I Care About Florissant' Facebook group to see if they could help. Jeff Cook runs that Facebook page and they posted a message asking for assistance.
"Within minutes we got tons of responses from the community," Cook said.
They made a fundraising page and people started volunteering their time. On Saturday, volunteers spent hours building Anthony his very own ramp.
"It was overwhelming, it lets you know there are still good people in the world," said Anthony's mother Neshia Rogers.
Local businesses donated their time and materials including: Nick's All Around Improvements and Home M.D.
The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District also donated $500 to the project from their Florissant Firefighters Community Outreach program and showed up on the build day.