Local business donating to the White House Family Project

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

One local teen who has spent most of her life in a wheelchair is close to moving into a home she can actually use.

Thanks to the help of dozens of community members, the White Family is just weeks away from moving into a wheelchair-accessible place.

Lisa McDivitt tells us how you can still help them make this a reality.

Mary White is a single mom who works hard to take good care of her three daughters.

Including the extra care needed for McKenzie, who has been a quadriplegic since she went into cardiac arrest on her elementary school playground eight years ago.

"She went from being a normal six-year-old to a child who could no longer walk. No longer talk."

Since that time, McKenzie has been wheelchair bound in a wheelchair inaccessible house.

Mike Ruspil says, "McKenzie has never lived in a home that is accessible to her. We're changing that."

Mike Ruspil is McKenzie's PE teacher at Fruita Middle School, and he's also the project lead on a new house for the White Family.

But he's just one of hundreds of community members and local businesses who have helped to give the White Family a new place to live.

"We are very close to completion at this point but there is still some work to be done, including walkways and landscaping, and other finishing touches,” he says.

This Saturday, the owners of Grand Junction's Great Harvest Bread Company are getting in on the act as well.

"The White Family is awesome, and we want to earn as much money for them as possible."

All you have to do to help is stop by their store on Saturday, and 100 percent of whatever you buy will go toward the White Family new home construction project.

"Everyone deserves a home, and that's what this is going to be - a home built on a foundation of love,” he says.

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