FORT MYERS, Fla. - One local veteran is having a tough time moving around his home. A neighbor heard about his struggles and with the help of his employer, the Home Depot, a wheelchair ramp was constructed in his backyard for free.
These are the sounds of good neighbors. Gary Demaranis, along with five other employees, took the day off to build a birthday present for Army veteran, Loren Gipson.
"Sometimes we don't appreciate the things they've done to keep our freedom, so to do stuff like this a way to say thank you."
But Gipson said he's the one giving thanks.
"To me, they're wonderful people."
The 87 year old needs a walker or a wheelchair. And the stairs around his house are making it impossible for him to move around.
''I couldn't go around here to take something to the garbage can, anything like that," said Gipson.
During World War II, Gipson was a company runner and a paratrooper. He said age has taken advantage of his once strong legs.
"They had a young smart, fast, running kid, me, and they'd say 'Gipson, listen, here's what you're gonna do. This, this, this, and this, they don't write nothing down, give it to me in the mouth and you just run. and you're running out there, you're not really armed, you're really moving."
Gipson said because of the Home Depot team, he's moving well once again.