Tom Mitchell is a mechanic who works on school buses and sometimes fills in driving one. Part of his route in Clarksville, Tennessee, is taking a group of special needs students to school and that’s where he noticed one wheelchair-bound child struggling to get out of her house and onto the bus. So he decided to do something about it.
Verna Despain’s daughter Lydia has trouble maneuvering the stone steps in the front of her house. “Everyday she would come out and struggle with this small little area,” Mitchell says, “and this aluminum ramp that didn’t even go to the top step.”
So he grabbed some buddies and constructed a sturdy wooden ramp to make getting in and out easier for the girl and her mom, who he hardly knew. And they’re overjoyed with it.
"It's those little things that people take for granted," Despain says of the bus driver’s act of kindness. "And maybe I didn't even realize my predicament, because I'm so used to doing it solo."
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