A substitute bus driver saw a mom struggling and built her daughter a wheelchair ramp

Substitute Bus Driver

Thomas Mitchell spends his days as a mechanic in Clarksville, Tennessee and fills in as a substitute bus driver for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System when he’s needed.

Recently, he noticed a mom who was struggling to carry her daughter up and down the steps to their home.

Her daughter, who is in a wheelchair, required assistance up and down four steps. Mitchell noticed every day that the young girl’s mom was struggling with the task at hand. He soon called the young girl’s mother and offered to build a customized wheelchair ramp for her daughter — free of charge.

The amazing mechanic was able to convince a manager at Lowe’s to donate wood for the patio at no charge. He then set out with a group of friends to build the deck in less than four hours.

I'm so proud of my husband!! Tom Mitchell, my hubby, is a mechanic for our school system and is sometimes asked to drive bus routes. About 2 months ago, he was driving a special needs route that he had driven a couple of times. Each time he noticed this one mother would have to bring her daughter, who is in a wheelchair, up and down about 3 or 4 steps anytime they would leave or enter the house. He could see how difficult it was for this mom to maneuver her daughter and her wheelchair on the small landing in front of her apartment, and he didn't feel the temporary aluminum detachable ramps were long enough or sturdy enough to be considered safe. This really made my husband uneasy and concerned. He wanted to do something to help this little family out and to make sure they had a safer ramp and one that would make going up and down safer and easier for both mom and daughter. After making some phone calls and discussing his ideas with some of his co-workers, Anthony Puckett & Mike Greene, they came up with a plan. Tom got in touch with David Adams at the Lowes on Lowes Dr. Mr. Adams was able to work some charitable magic and donate all of the wood needed to make this family a deck and ramp. Today, Tom, Anthony and Anthony's son Nick along with Anthony's brother Randell, & Mike met up at the families house and they completely built the deck and ramp. All on their own time, with their own tools, and all out of the kindness of their own hearts!!! I know these guys didn't do it for a pat on the back or for any recognition what-so-ever….but I can't help but feel proud to be married to such a kindhearted and giving man! He noticed someone who could've used some help, and without being asked, he did something about it! Even his friends/co-workers and their family got involved because they are kindhearted and caring people as well. In a world where so much hate is being spread around, I just wanted to share that there are still good people out there, doing good deeds, and that humanity still exists!!! ❤❤❤

Posted by Jennifer Mitchell on Sunday, January 15, 2017

What an amazing group of people!