Rudy Simental and little Coel do not have much in common. However, one thing connects them; something very simple actually - a piece of plywood.
We met Coel at Bud Beasley Elementary School where he learns in the Comprehensive Life Skills class for kids with multiple disabilities. Coel's teacher, Amy Gonzales, says the special desk he uses in class helps him learn to play and do work more independently and comfortable on the ground. Coel's mother wanted a similar desk for home, but they are expensive and hard to find. Amy tells us, "She was going to build one herself."
That is what brought her to the Home Depot in Spanish Springs. When she took all the supplies she thought she needed up front, Rudy kindly told her to put them back. With permission from management, Rudy said he wanted to make it! "I asked her a few questions; what she had in mind? She gave me a few ideas and I went with it." It took Rudy four hours to design and create the desk - perfectly fitted for Coel. "I cut out in the center and I made it out of metal pipe instead of aluminum because we were concerned how strong it would be."
When Coel and his mom came back, it not only pleased Rudy to see their reaction, it was especially fun to tell them, "It's on us."
Amy told us Coel's mom was taken back and most appreciative. "It brought tears to our eyes when she came in; how excited she was. She was floored. She could barely tell us the story." It is a story that will continue with every small victory little Coel makes - all thanks one man's big heart and helping hands.
Home Depot has also offered to host a field trip for all over Coel's classmates.
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:16 AM EDT2013-05-25 06:16:04 GMT
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