Where would we be without YouTube tutorials? Thanks to the handy guides, and the use of smartphones, we can build so many things ourselves instead of overspending on a professionally made item.
Christian and Justin Moore were set on doing just that when their 2-year-old son’s physical therapist suggested they get a gait trainer to help him with his walking. After finding a tutorial online, the family headed to their local Home Depot to get the supplies – but ended up getting so much more.
Sweet Logan was born with a condition called hypotonia, which impacts his muscle tone and makes it difficult for him to stabilize himself. Logan works regularly with a physical therapist to help him gain strength, but walking is still a struggle.
When his PT recommended Logan’s parents get him a gait trainer, they were sure that insurance wouldn’t cover the cost – and they are not cheap! So, the couple found a YouTube tutorial on how to make one themselves from items found at a hardware store.
When the Moore’s got to Home Depot to pick up the materials they needed for the walker, they sought some help from the employees. The store’s manager and a couple other staff started gathering the supplies the Moores needed and told them they’d be happy to put it together for them and sent the family to go get some ice cream in the meantime.
When they arrived back at the store, Logan’s walker was all put together (and even included his name on it!) and he was so excited to get moving.
Even better? The store refused to accept any money in return for the materials and labor used on the walker. Logan’s dad told CNN,
I couldn’t believe they were willing to do that. It took everything I had not to cry because it hasn’t been an easy road for my son. He has had a hard time doing things that would be easy for most children his age.
The employees at Home Depot were equally elated to share in Logan’s joy. Jeff Anderson, who helped build the walker, shared the story on his Facebook page saying, “Everyone was crying to see Logan walk around with the biggest smile on his face…Thank[s] to all that help and for being a blessing to this family and to this little guy.”
Thank goodness for kind people (and YouTube) for making life a little easier.
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