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Council 10258 Builds a Wheelchair Ramp for a Neighbor in Need

By Alan Zimmel Council #10258, Bandera

Vol. 4, 2016-2017

The call to be charitable to our Brothers and Sisters in Christ is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. St. Stanislaus Council #10258, Bandera, answered the call to help a local Bandera area resident who had fallen and injured her knee, making it difficult for her to gain access to her house. The idea to build her a wheelchair ramp was presented during a January council meeting, where the motion to build the ramp was unanimously approved.

The entire construction project was spearheaded by Brother Bill Mack, who, with nine other Knights from Council #10258 and another caring neighbor, completed the project on Saturday, March 2. To prepare for the job, Brother Bill did a pre-construction site survey, designed the ramp, purchased the building materials and assembled a majority of the ramp prior to delivering it to the residence.

Brother John Escalera got the early morning project started on the right track by making and delivering 30 breakfast tacos for the work crew. The crew of 10 Knights, to include: Darrell Bay, Claude Biediger, Rick Brower, John Escalera, Shawn Groff, Bill Mack, Ken Mazurek, Manny Santos, Mike Tarr, Alan Zimmel, and a family friend - Jason Lopez, constructed the 20 ft. long ramp under a cloudy, damp morning sky. Brother Claude Biediger, a long-time next-door neighbor, noted the lady in need gave of herself and her resources to the care of rescued and abandoned horses; she is currently on the board of directors for a Bandera area horse rescue ranch.

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