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Smiling faces

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Check these pictures taken yesterday at the San Pablo home of 3 year old Jack Hutchinson when JT arrived at his home to deliver a piece of adaptive equipment.

It was a happy meeting for JT and little Jack Hutchinson
It was a happy meeting for JT and little Jack Hutchinson

It was a happy meeting for JT and little Jack Hutchinson

Mom Erin was also happy to see JT arrive with the shower and toileting system that will enable Jack to sit in the shower without having to be held. “Most health insurance policies do not cover many of the pieces of equipment available to help patients and caregivers live a more normal life.- says J.T. Townsend, who was suddenly paralyzed in a football play in 2004, his senior year at Episcopal School. “If we can help to make a difference in Jack’s life to make him feel just a little bit independent, then it is a good thing.”

Little Jack seemed to enjoy the visit with JT and his Mother, Carmen Townsend yesterday. The smiles tell us he is one happy little guy!

Blessings to Jack and the entire Hutchinson family from the staff at JTTF! Please click on the link nest to the picture to see the full story.

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Jack ready for school
Jack ready for school
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UNF Spinnaker tells about student JT Townsend and his foundation

Dargen Thompson, writer at the University of North Florida’s newspaper The Spinnaker tells the compelling story of UNF senior J.T. Townsend and how he has taken his life threatening incident and turned it into good. Now J.T. is giving back to others living in the community that now need his help.

Visit: http://www.unfspinnaker.com/expressions/2012/03/22/j-t-townsend-lays-the-foundation/

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Answering the call

There are many occasions lately where God’s divine intervention is so clear I have to stop and just lift my eyes to acknowledge His presence. One of those times happened April 20, 2012 while picking up a pair of forearm crutches for one of our applicants at a medical supply store. We were waiting in the entrance for our salesman to reappear. An elderly man with a kind smile was talking with his tiny framed wife about an item they were interested in purchasing, a transition board. I mentioned I had recently purchased one and we began to interact. They said they were not sure that was what they needed. The item they really needed was a hydraulic lift for their van. But they said the cost was beyond their reach. As I told them I might be able to help and explained about our foundation the little Mrs. excitedly wrapped her arms around me and shuffled me out the door to their parked van.

Once outside we walked over to the van and she explained about a custom lift designed to help transition a person seated in their wheelchair to the van rear passenger seat about 30″ above. She explained she was having difficulty lifting their 13 year old daughter who suffers with spina bifida and her elderly husband had serious medical issues and could not help. Again, I told her I was pretty sure we could help them.

Bob and Kathy Smoot , 79 and 72 are adoptive parents of 18 year old Dakota and 13 year old Emily. Both children were adopted as infants with serious medical issues, quite frankly, not expected to survive. She began to tell me a beautiful story of how they became foster parents to over 150 children once their own children had graduated from college and left their large Arkansas farmhouse. These were two of God’s angels standing right before me.

After Kathy completed the application process our team went to work finding a competitive bid on a “Glide N Go” for their family van. The piece is going to take 5 weeks to customize, but should be installed mid-June.

Thanks to your support we are able to help Kathy to be able to take Emily wherever she needs to go without strain on her back.

Do you hear God’s calling? Do you feel that little tug on your heart when He places someone in your path who could use your help? The Smoot’s found the joy and gratification that comes from doing just that. They are amazing people who I am blessed to have met.

Donate today !

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