NEW WATERFORD, OH (WYTV) – Access to a clubhouse at a New Waterford teen’s home was once out of reach.
This week’s Hometown Heroes, members of New Waterford United Methodist Church, helped make his dream a reality.
Nic McDade, 14, was born with Spina Bifida, and gets around by wheelchair. His grandmother, Bonnie McDade, couldn’t stand to watch him not be able to play in their family’s clubhouse.
“The last couple years he’s been coming out here and sitting out in the driveway watching the kids play,” Bonnie McDade said.
She took matters into her own hands and asked for help on Facebook. She was surprised with the response.
“I just went in there and put that I had a grandson that had Spina Bifida and there was a building that he could access if he just had some way to get into it,” Bonnie McDade said.
Tina Siroki, the pastor of New Waterford United Methodist Church, saw Bonnie McDade’s Facebook post and decided to help.
“I think it’s just what you’re supposed to do, to help. You’re supposed to help each other out,” Siroki said.
Siroki got volunteers from the church to build and pay for a ramp and walkway for the clubhouse.
“Our church has been in a rebuilding project for 14 years. When I first came a year a go, they wanted to do more missions and more outreach,” Siroki said.
A member from their church designed the project, and several others donated time and money
“We were able to get together and we had a gentleman from our church that builds houses,” Siroki said. “They had an excavator come in and they laid the stone down.”
Bonnie McDade was overwhelmed by the community’s support.
“I cried for two days because I didn’t think anything would ever come of it. I really didn’t, but you never know. God has a plan. He’s gonna find a way to do it and he did. He found a way for us to get Nic some freedom so he could at least have his own place. Now, the kids come to him,” Bonnie McDade said.
“I think the best part is seeing Nic go up and down the ramp and just have the huge smile on his face,” Siroki said.
Nic McDade now spends several hours a day in his clubhouse.
“He’s got three sandboxes and his chalkboard. He’s got a dresser in there so he put things in his drawers. He’s got his wrestlers in there. He’s a big WWE fan,” Bonnie McDade said.
The clubhouse doesn’t have a name yet but that doesn’t bother him. Nic McDade is just thankful to the church and his grandma for giving him access to his own special place.