When Pam Brown stopped into The Press office just before Christmas, she was desperate but hopeful.
Pam needed help – any kind of help – to get a ramp for their Genoa mobile home. In a few days, her husband Randy was scheduled to have his right leg amputated from just under the knee down due to diabetes and neuropathy.
Without a ramp, she wouldn’t be able to get him in and out of their home.
She hoped and prayed there might be a Good Samaritan out there, or someone in the Christmas spirit who would come to her aid.
“After the story ran in the paper, the phone started ringing,” she said. “I got about 50 phone calls in five days. It was incredible.” she said.
“I was answering the phone all the time – calls from people wanting to donate wood, people wanting to donate their trucks to carry the wood to help build the ramp,” she said.
A gentleman who lives down the street – someone she went to school with but doesn’t know all that well – was among the callers. “Apparently he has helped build ramps through a community program the Home Depot has,” she said. “He contacted a gentleman from the Home Depot in Rossford and they arranged for a crew of four guys who donated their time to come out and build a ramp for me and Randy.
“Home Depot donated the lumber, and these kind men donated their time,” Pam said. “None of them want any recognition or anything in return,” she said. “But we’ll be forever grateful. They were a godsend.”
The ramp was finished Jan. 3. “Randy had surgery Jan. 2 and I brought him home on the 5th,.” Pam said. “Our mobile home has a long porch with five wooden steps going down.
“The ramp goes all the way down to my van door,” she said. “There’s no way I would have gotten him in the house without that ramp…none.”
While Randy was in the hospital, a gentleman from Oak Harbor called the family with another offer. “My son took the call with an offer to donate a Hoveround,” she said. “He said it was sitting in his garage collecting dust and he wanted to know if my husband could use it.
“We accepted his generous offer,” she said. “We’re looking forward to being able to use it when the weather gets nice to go to the zoo or other outings. My husband was just tickled pink.”
“You hear so many bad things…but there are so many wonderful, generous people in our community,”
Pam said. “They don’t know what their help meant to me. We’re just so pleased and grateful for them and all the angels who called and offered to help.”