(From 25 News) – Many volunteers spent a sunny, summer Saturday helping the Ready to Roll Ramps for Independence program.
“We saw the need for ramps, and just doing one per week wasn’t getting enough done,” said Jeffrey Heft, CEO of His Helping Hands ministries. “We decided lets do a big push to do them all in one day- or as many as we can in one day.”
This is the fifth year the Ready to Roll program has helped people across three counties in Central Illinois gain independence through wheel chair ramps.
“I haven’t been able to get mom out, you know, and it’s pretty hard being stuck in the house all the time,” said a grateful Carrie Hayes of North Pekin. “And this means she’ll be able to get out, I can drive her around. She can get out and enjoy life a little bit.”
Angela Bracken’s husband lost a leg, and can’t stay at home without a wheelchair ramp. She is beyond thankful, and hopes the build will be the first step to reuniting them.
“Just…wow,” Bracken said. “It’s just…you know…I don’t have words for it. It’s just truly, truly God’s work.”
The Ready to Roll program in the past built 10 ramps in one day. And though Saturday they were two short of their goal of 15, they still consider it a resounding success.
“I just want to help the people,” Heft said, “and our Lord calls us to do this type of work, to serve our neighbors. Plus it’s a great way to get other people involved in the community and let them know of the need out there.”
If you want to help out in the next ramp build, or want to apply for one yourself, you can call His Helping Hand ministries at (309) 674-0086 or obtain more information HERE.