Wheelchair Ramp Program Comes to Blanco County
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Posted December 1, 2011
Steve Klein of Blanco, center, held the board steady for Eric Porter of Johnson City as the Blanco County volunteer construction team spent Veterans Day building a wheelchair ramp for a disabled vet. It was the group's first job in the county, as the Texas Ramp Project expands the area in which it offers the free projects into Blanco County. Volunteers with some construction ability are needed, but so are inexperienced workers, like 7-year-old Nathan Axtell, right, who took a quick lesson on the cordless screwdriver and began fastening down plywood decking.
Veterans Day was busy outside this mobile home in Johnson City. On the right, a volunteer crew spent about five hours erecting a 50-foot wheelchair ramp for a disabled vet who needed it to get in and out of his home under his own power. On the left, KXAN-TV producer Heather Gillett spent several hours documenting the job, including the interview with worker George Cofran. Now that the state-wide program has expanded into Blanco County, the team has two more ramps on its construction schedule, and is open to more – more recipients, more volunteers and more donors.
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