While picking up students one morning before school, one Tennessee bus driver watched from the road as a mother struggled to get her daughter in a wheelchair out of the house and down the narrow cement stairs.
The substitute bus driver named Mitchell couldn’t bare the idea that the mom, Verna DeSpain, and her 10-year-old daughter had to do through so much trouble every single time the went out or came home, and knew immediately he had to do something to help. “I knew there was a need,” Mitchell said. “As soon as I saw it, I knew.”
Mitchell came up with a plan to build the mom a new ramp for her daughter, and called DeSpain to ask if she would allow him to help. “I guess it just really struck a chord with him,” DeSpain said. “He saw how hard I struggled. I was amazed.”
With her blessing, Mitchell got four co-workers to help and reached out to his local Lowe’s to see if they would donate the materials, and they thankfully agreed. Finally, Mitchell and his helpers arrived at the single mom’s house last month and got to work.
Three hours later, the ramp and a new small porch was built and DeSpain was stunned when she saw what they had done for her and her daughter, who was born with a rare seizure disorder that affected her mental and physical development. “You could just tell by her face. She was just smiling from ear to ear,” Mitchell said. “She was very happy and excited. She loves me to push her down it every single day,” DeSpain said. “I don’t think he had any idea how much we needed it and how much it has helped.”
“We try to help people as much as we can,” said Mitchell, who insists his act of kindness was no big deal.
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible thing this bus driver did for a little girl in a wheelchair and her mother.
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