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Pay It Forward: Organization Builds Devices For Those With Disabilities
Hundreds of you came out this weekend to support an organization which makes a big difference for people with disabilities. We say a special thank you here at local 12 for the random acts of kindness of "May We Help."
May We Help is an organization that has volunteers that invent or adapt devices for people with physical disabilities.
One of those helped through this organization this week is Eli, who is just six years old.He got a kind of contraption, because he always wanted to ride a bike, but couldn't because he has a genetic condition which locks his hips and knees.It's called Arthrogriposis.
So just a few months ago, Charlie Klein and Devin Sillies built a brilliant bike alternative. We met up with the team of volunteer engineers at Porsche of the Village this week, where they held this fundraiser last night so Eli can be given the device, at no charge. "It's a drive train from a scooter, and a frame from a petal car, and we custom-designed the steering and the throttle and everything to make it run."
"It lets me drive around and have some fun..."
"Before you got this, what were you able to do?"
"Just run around."
"So you couldn't ride anything?"
Eli's ride is one of several devices for people with disabilities presented this year.
We recently went fishing with Doug Goering who got a special fishing rod from May We Help because he has limited use of his arms. "Ever since he's been a kid he's loved to go fishing."
Engineers from May We Help built the rod so it would self-fire, and Doug got a catch his first time out.
Finally, Liz had the privilege of hearing a team of sisters named Inga and Elena Petry, who are 10 and 12 years old.
Without arms, they play the cello. May We Help made them these devices to play with their feet. Good Morning Cincinnati says thank you for gifts which are clearly priceless.
We invite you to nominate an organization or a person for Random Acts of Kindness. Just email Liz Bonis at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and contact information.