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6 Days, 6 Ramps Provides Disabled Residents With Access to Their Homes

By: Eyewitness News; Matt Galka Email
By: Eyewitness News; Matt Galka Email

6 Days, 6 Ramps Provides Disabled Residents With Access to Their Homes

Tallahassee, FL -- May 18, 2012 --

Annie Mae Evans remembers what it was like before volunteers got to work on building her a ramp.

"It was very hard getting down these steps trying to bring bags or anything that you had up the steps, and I fell once."

Evans is disabled, he leg is wrapped in bandages. After today, she won't have to deal with house steps anymore.

"Six days, Six Ramps. It's been taking place for 10 years. We have been part of that for all of those years, so this is one of their ramps," said Ability 1st Executive Director Judith Barrett.

Ability 1st and Volunteer Florida supplied the man (and woman) power to put together a handicap accessible ramp for Evans. The six days, Six Ramps initiative is designed to help low income disabled residents who may not have the means to outfit their homes properly.

"I won't have to be going down the steps. It will help me walk better, and I'm quite sure I will feel better," said Evans.

Even though it might be tough work, the end result is all that matters.

"The best part? In one day you have made a tremendous amount of difference in somebody's life," Barrett said of the task.

Evans is just happy to have a little help.

"I'm just blessed! I'm truly blessed!" she said.

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May 18, 2012 -

Some local people with disabilities are getting a much needed lift! Volunteer Florida has partnered with Ability First to build two ramps, one today and one tomorrow.

Watch our Eyewitness News at Noon interview above


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