30 Girls Build Wheelchair Ramp for Tallahassee Woman

Sheriff's Adventure Camp Girls
Posted at 10:30 AM, Jun 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-23 08:41:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Tammy Johnson was all smiles when she looked at the brand new wheelchair ramp built for her.

Under the direction of Ability 1st, North Florida's Center for Independent Living, 30 girls from the Leon County Sheriff's Youth Adventure Camp put the final touches on the ramp Thursday morning, hammering and nailing the frame in place.

Johnson said she, her husband and mother-in-law all have some sort of physical disability. She said her husband would have to pick her up and down the steps to get from their porch to the yard and back.

"This ramp will help me to be more independent, so that I can help myself and hopefully set up an example for other people and not to give up," Johnson said. "Hopefully, I can help someone else along the way. It's a blessing, and it's actually a miracle that it took place the way that it did, because it just took a phone call."

Thursday's build was the 74th by Ability 1st since October 1 of last year. The organization is aiming to build 100 projects before September 30 of this year.