On Saturday, more than a dozen TVHS football players helped build a ramp and deck for a Mentone family with a child with Angelman Syndrome, a neuro-genetic disorder characterized by severe intellectual and developmental disability, sleep disturbance, seizures, jerky movements, frequent laughter or smiling and a usually happy demeanor. As the child has grown, safely getting into and out of the house was an issue.
Through the A Brush with Kindness program, the TVHS football players, along with volunteer leaders, were able to get much of the work done on Saturday so that the crew from Walnut Creek UMC only had a light day on Monday finishing things off. In addition to the ramp and deck, the players spent Saturday afternoon completing an extraction of a home overgrown with trees, shrubs and vines; exposing the windows, as well as the occupants, to the light of the sun.Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program assists low-income families in repairing and renovating their homes so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes. A vital aspect of the program is the ability to utilize youth as volunteers, making a positive difference within their community. A Brush with Kindness projects include painting, landscaping, weatherization and minor repair services to the exterior of homes.
Families interested in help via Habitat’s interest-free loan programs can call or contact Habitat at 574-269-4104 or email [email protected]. Those interested in volunteering with Habitat can visit kosciuskohabitat.com and click on the green Volunteer link at the top of the page to register. Leaders, such as Nolan Sponseller, are always welcome to bring and carry out new projects.