A Story about a Table, our Son and the Generosity of The Home Depot

A Story about a Table, our Son and the Generosity of The Home Depot

I have a story to share that started with a simple quest to build a work table for our son’s playroom {which we are in the middle of transitioning into a homeschool type room for his therapies}. Like most of our adventures, this do-it-yourself project began with a trip to
our local Home Depot store.
Only this particular trip left us feeling a little more connected to our Depot ‘friends in orange’
- especially the associates at our local store -
who not only know their jobs and take pride in their work,
but make a selfless effort to give back to the community.
This post is a little different than usual as I tend to shy away from sharing most of the trials and tribulations of our day to day personal life; however, to preface this story I feel I have to share a little background information to help explain why this project means as much as it does to us.

Without going into much detail, or pointing any fingers, we recently lost medical coverage for the early intervention therapy services our son had been receiving through our insurance. It is not uncommon or illegal for insurance companies to deny much needed services like speech or occupational therapy for autistic children. Many autistic children who do not fluently speak are even denied speech therapy services in many states and the reasoning given by the insurance companies is basically if your autistic child has never spoke, they never will, no matter how much therapy they are given. As much as we, and all other parents of children on the autistic spectrum know this reasoning is simply not true – it crumbles your world when when you hear this from the insurance companies who you look to for support -not to mention leave you with the bill for prior services rendered {even when the services were pre-approved}.


With the loss of the medical services we were left to turn to the public school system. Unfortunately there is not much to say here as we have been trying to work on getting services for our little guy since last fall. After our son had the surgery for his feeding tube, his medical team will not allow him to return to a public school environment due to his severe allergies and other health issues. According to our state our son is entitled to services provided in the home, however working through our particular county has been a challenge. {and we are only talking about 45 minutes of speech therapy and 20 minutes of occupational therapy a week – on the ‘educational’ not medical level}

We have finally decided to focus our time and energy on putting together a private in-home program for son, ourselves, instead of wasting {for lack of a better word} time on fighting for the minimal services our son is actually entitled to from the state.


Which leads us to this story of transitioning his current playroom into a more learning friendly environment suited specifically to his needs. The first thing on the list was a desk and workspace of some sort. After looking at several online options my husband set out to The Home Depot to get the materials to put something together himself. {most of the time when he sees the price tags of the catalog items I find, it suddenly sparks a motivation for him to reluctantly build something himself}


{photo source: ABC News}
While browsing the lumber section he happened to have some questions about the different types of wood – as my husband would say – ‘I can build stuff, but building outdoor stuff is not the same as building a piece of furniture and I am not Ty Pennington’. The manger, Rich, happen to help him and asked what he was building and what it was for. Rich said ‘well I grew up in a woodshop…let’s take a walk’.

After showing my husband many different options and offering some very valuable tips and suggestions, Rich openly said ‘ well I’ll tell you what if you want to buy the materials I’d be more than happy to set up an area in the back of the store and gather some help to build the table’. This surprisingly caught my husband off guard and he said ‘man, I greatly appreciate it – let me think about it’. Rich graciously gave him his number and said ‘just give me a call if you want to set it up’.


My husband thanked him again for his time and moseyed on over to the screw section to take a minute to process everything that just occurred – as he is used to doing things himself and not normally on the side of receiving favors – but actually doing them for others. About 20 minutes later Rich comes and finds my husband and said he just spoke to a few people and Home Depot would be willing to supply all the material and build the table for us the following weekend – Rich said he, along with three other associates, who are master carpenters, would love to volunteer their help.

Now at this point my husband said he felt like he was on an episode of yard crashers and was looking around for the cameras. {When he called to tell me – I was caught off guard as much as he was and asked about the cameras as well} We are noramlly not used to stuff like this falling our way and we were both simply blown away by the generosity of complete strangers offering help – let alone, just listening to our story.


So my husband headed back up to our local Home Depot over the weekend to watch the big build – he was there mainly for support as he said he was mainly trying to stay out the way. {He took the pictures above with his cell phone} And that Sunday night he brought the table home – the manager actually came by after the store closed to help him unload it from his truck.


The table is 4′ by 4′ and was made bar height as our son sits better and is more focused when he is seated higher {with his feet supported}.


The legs were constructed of 4X4′s that were notched out and joined with 2×4′s.


Corner molding was added on edge of each leg to soften them up and make it a bit safer than a hard sharp corner.


The surface of the table was constructed of two pieces of MDF that were glued together and topped with a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood.


The table top was then framed with 4″ molding and finished with another strip of 1″ molding on top.


The molding was fit to create a recessed area for two pieces of clear LEXAN.


The LEXAN is a strong and shatter resistant Polycarbonate Sheet, much like glass.


It creates a nice smooth work surface that can be wiped clean.


The entire table was then finished with ebony stain to coordinate with the existing pieces in the room.


We are so grateful and words can not describe the appreciation we have for those who volunteered their time to help with the build and The Home Depot, as a company. At a time when we felt our sons needs have been overlooked and undermined by insurance companies and school systems – the last place we thought we would find help and any kind of support for our little guy’s future was Home Depot.

So thank you Home Depot.
Thank you Rich, Teli, Greg and Terry.
Although you may never read this post, please know your random acts of kindness have touched our hearts will not be forgotten. We can only hope to someday pay it forward.

                  

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. You and yours will be in my prayers, as will the wonderful folks at the Home Depot who helped you. Thanks for reminding me how wonderful a community can be. I’m sure that as good as it made you feel, those men probably felt ten times as good because they were able to make a small difference in righting some huge wrongs. I’ll remember this story forever.

  2. I have to say I teared up while reading this! What a lucky little guy your son is to have such wonderful parents who are willing to make extra effort to give him what he needs to succeed even when faced with setbacks, and what a wonderful, wonderful act of kindness by your local HD. My heart is happy for you!

  3. What a beautiful story!

  4. This is wonderful…so sorry that you have had such a time with getting much needed services for your boy. I don’t know why everyone makes it so difficult for parents. I work in a doctor’s office and it is a constant fight to get OT, PT, ST. Your new table is beautiful!

  5. What a beautiful story! It redeems humanity to know there are those that give selflessly

  6. Beautiful! Very humbling….I’m happy for you and your family and for the willing workers on your project.

    Thank you for sharing such good news!

  7. WOW! what an amazing story- so sweet and moving and it restore faith in humanity.

  8. Ok teared up for sure. Random acts of kindness are all around us…. :)

  9. WOW! That is amazing! What a beautiful table, not only on the outside, but because of all the love put into it! It is going to be a great work space.

  10. This is so wonderful!! It’s so refreshing to read this and to know that great things happen to deserving people! I know that beautiful table will be put to great use and amazing things are going to happen for your little guy in that room! lots of love! xo ~ kristi

  11. Have to admit, I teared up a little, too!

    It’s really good to know that there are some Home Depots that have people that are not only willing to help, but to go so far above and beyond what is expected of them. Humanity at its finest, for sure. I’m really happy that you found your way to these people, and that you and your son have one less stress to deal with. But I’m thinking these guys deserve a really big plate of home made cookies!

    Good luck with everything else. Who knows… maybe this one positive might be the beginning of other things being just a little more simple.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story….it’s so nice to know that this kindness still exists in the world!!! God Bless your family and good luck in your endeavor!!!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story….it’s so nice to know that this kindness still exists in the world!!! God Bless your family and good luck in your endeavor!!!

  14. That’s so awesome and the table is beautiful! I am sure the “men” and their families would love to read this post. Please be sure to honor each of these men and print this out and send it along in a thank you note.

  15. Teary…and happy reading of the goodness in your world. People are so good!

  16. Thank you for sharing this story and reminding us that God moves in mysterious ways.

  17. What an amazing story. So glad you decided to share. What a wonderful space your son now has to learn and thrive in. May God bless you and your sweet family Stephanie.

    ~Amanda

  18. How incredibly sweet! And thank you for sharing this with us… I know it takes a lot to yourself out there and it is so heartening to know that there those who are still willing to go above and beyond the call. :)

  19. The table is beautiful and it is so nice to hear a great story like this… If everyone paid it forward what a beautiful world this would be :)
    Susan

  20. What a wonderful story! I’m sure the people at Home Depot got just as much out of the experience as your family.

  21. It really is a beautiful thing they did for you! And the table looks lovely, as well as functional.

    But Kudos go to you and your husband, too. It’s hard, sometimes, to accept what other people freely offer. Congratulations to both of you for being willing to receive.

    And, I’m with the delivered plate of cookies… given by your son.

  22. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It was very touching and it is so nice to hear about the good things that still happen in this world. I hope your son is happy and thrives in the new space! Blessings to you and your family.

  23. Wow! I’ve always been a fan of Home Depot – now more than ever. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Laurel at SoPo Cottage

  24. Your story is so touching and as unusual as it might be to talk about such private matters, just think what a blessing it will be for another. What a true blessing from God. He is good.

  25. You were very politically correct in not pointing fingers but our healthcare is definitely going through major changes. Not all good if you ask me. Home Depot’s generosity is like a bit of a silver lining in the thunderstorm. Your son and your situation is now added to our prayers. Keep the faith!
    ‘love & hugs from afar’
    p.s. Your little guy is a cutie.

  26. Awesome story, thanks for sharing! There really are alot of good people out there! Sue

  27. I hate to hear about this situation. My son also has Autism and I used to work for our county’s Early Intervention Agency as a Developmental Specialist. At our agency, even if insurance denied payment, our sliding scale would kick in and be one low monthly payment for as many services as needed. And if a family just couldn’t pay…we NEVER denied services. It’s disappointing to hear of your struggles. Our insurance doesn’t cover our son’s therapy either because for a kid with Autism…it is considered experimental not rehabilitative.

    I am so glad you were able to find such giving staff at Home Depot. That is such a blessing. Good luck!

  28. What a wonderful story. We need to hear more stories like this!

    S
    xo

  29. What a wonderful experience and so touching. Thank you for sharing it with us. The table is beautiful!

  30. Looks fantastic, and great story also. Way to go Home Depot!

  31. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m so very, very sorry to hear about all of the difficulties you’ve been facing with your son. I can’t even imagine the heartache. And how fantastic of Home Depot to help out like that!

  32. Wow. You give so much, Stephanie. I am so glad you were able to be on the receiving end this time.

    Hugs to the little guy.

    Big props to your local Home Depot!

  33. Hi,

    I am so glad the folks at Home Depot where there to help. You deserve it!

    When it comes to getting homebound services from the school system, I can help there. E-mail me privately for more details (funtummies@gmail.com). There is a lawyer-free way to get help!

    Good Luck,

    /Anne

  34. What an inspiring story! I’m sure it will be a fabulous space for your son to thrive in! Sorry to hear about all of your insurance difficulties – it is amazing that they are able to do that. Our oldest son has autism as well so I can definitely relate to your struggles.

  35. What an amazing story. I am saddened that you have had to fight without success to get help for your son, but my heart was filled with joy for you when I read the Home Depot story. I am reading a story that I think you should read. It is by Nicholas Sparks and it is called Three Weeks with My Brother. It is a true story about his childhood and a trip around the world with his brother as an adult. Towards the end of the book you find out his son is autistic and he promises his wife to help him when no one else can. Together they work hard to develop their son and watch him improve. It is a really good story. I will be sad when I am finished reading it.

  36. What a touching story! You and your family certainly deserved some kindness sent your way!

  37. Yay for the boys in Orange! That is so wonderful! What a blessing!

  38. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

  39. I love this story! My husband is a Manager at Home Depot, and I was a longtime associate there. It warms my heart to hear stories like this. I’m going to have to share this with my husband. Yay Home Depot!

  40. What a beautiful act of kindness and selflessness. Your family, and your son deserve the therapy he is being denied. Sometimes local universities offer therapy through their ST and PT programs…I’m sure you have exhausted all leads, but I thought I would mention it. God bless you, Lori

  41. It is so nice to hear the good and to see a business like Home Depot support someone who wasn’t even looking for it. That Manager and Home Depot may just be an Angel. Prayers to you and your beautiful family.

    BTW-The table looks great!

  42. I looked at the photos of the beautiful table through the blur of tears. I was so blessed to read the account of the way those generous and kind-hearted men blessed your little family. I pray that by God’s providence, your sweet little boy will receive the therapies that he needs.

  43. Thank you for sharing this, its lovely to hear about angels that live among us and Im thrilled you got to benefit from this.

  44. Shirley said:
    What a touching story. Thanks for sharing as in this day and age we need to hear about our home town hero’s. In Columbus Ohio they have a Austism Organization and collect money at high school’s and on the local television station to fund it. I don’t know if you have any thing like that or what it might offer. You are a beautiful person and I wish you God’s blessings.

  45. Isn’t it nice to know that there are still people out there willing to do for others in need. I have always been a customer of Home Depot, for this simple reason they always ready to help you. Prayers for your family and the kindness of the Home Depot men.

  46. Oh boy, does your story sound familiar to me. I have a special needs son also and had to battle with services for him. It sounds like you and your husband are great advocates for your son. The act of kindness by HD is touching. Wonderful post!

  47. Regardless, they read this post or not, those of us who have read it has brought enthusiasm and faith again in human goodness. I wish you much luck!

  48. What wonderful folks they are to make the table, there are some truly wonderful people out there.
    So sorry to hear about your insurance troubles, wish there was something I could say or do, but I just don’t understand the system.

  49. I am so glad you chose to share this story. It is a beautifully encouraging story. I’m so happy for your family to have been on the receiving end of this blessing…although I have no doubt those men from Home Depot felt just as blessed by this project. I pray this table is instrumental in helping with the in home care your son needs.
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  50. I love that our children bring out the best in everyone. Such a great memory to have every time you look at that awesome table. On another note, your school system sounds like they are tinkering in the land of not providing an “appropriate” education which is clearly defined in the Disabilities Act and in IDEA. Hmm. That just doesn’t make since.

  51. Thank You for sharing your very touching story with us.
    Really touched my heart.
    ColleenB.

  52. I have been following your blog for a long time and I feel terrible that I did not realize the extent of your personal adversities. Thank you so much for sharing this. I also am a huge fan of Home Depot they transformed a park in my urban neighourbood from being a drug magnet to a place where families with young children can enjoy.

  53. I am so sorry that you have to deal with that CRAP with the school and county government. There are no wards. no child left behind, eh?

    I LOVE local Home Depot, and this just made me love them more. Our local store is always offering support and help and FRIENDLINESS. Funny how even a honestly meant “May I help you” can change your day!

    The table is lovely. The sentiment of HD- even more.

  54. Wonderful story! It is hard to be on the receiving side of help, but it is also a good feeling- both to give and receive. Thank you for sharing. God is good!

  55. I couldn’t help but tear up as many others did. So often we only hear the bad stuff that goes on. The media sometimes seems to take pride in giving it to us. We need to know more about people giving of their time and talents to help others. This was a wonderful act of kindness. My grandson is autistic and he is an absolute joy in our lives. He’s had to endure setbacks and lots of negativity and it breaks our hearts. Thank you for sharing your story.

  56. What a wonderful, touching story! It’s a great reminder of how kind so many people really are. I bet your sharing it will have a lot of people thinking a little more about how they can reach out to others in need too. Prayers to you and your family and to those angels from Home Depot.

  57. Stephanie, I am sitting here as an old 65 yer old grand mother, nanny crying as I have read this wonderful story. What a wonderful group of people at Home Depot and you know what you didn’t need to parade your son and your story in front of millions for them to do this, it was done out of the goodness of their heart. I see this table as being a heirloon and your son one day speaking and telling his children why that table is so special. You are blessed my lady. What a great story. You have made this old nann’s day. Enjoy your table and give that sweet boy a hug and kiss for me. Glenna Williams in Walkertown NC

  58. What a great and wonderful story. Home Depot step up to the plate and help your son in more way then the insurance company or the government could. God bless the men who helped out and may God bless your family.

  59. What a poignant and heartwarming story. Kudos to Home Depot and you and your family for achieving much more than a table….it says so much about caring, compassionate people.

  60. What a sweet story! It made me a little misty eyed.

    It’s terrible that schools and insurance companies and government “programs” take services away from those who really need them, but that goodness for nice people who can help make up for it. :-)

  61. Beautiful end to a really unfortunate story of corporate greed and just plain ridiculous actions on behalf of many many other agencies. I’m actually in tears reading this. I think this type of generousity should be the norm, not the exception. I love that these men were so selfless and giving. They restored a little bit of my faith.

  62. Most worthwhile blog post today, for certain.

  63. Who knew Home Depot would bring a tear to my eye so early in the morning.

    Just one more reason for me/us to support our local Home Depot.

  64. I have always had wonderful service at Home Depot in my town and it is so nice to read your story and that the good service seems to be country wide…..God Bless Home Depot….

  65. Miriam Illions :

    This is a beautiful story. Thank you for posting this.

  66. Beautiful story and table… I had tears. I pray that the insurance kicks in. We had that same issue with our son who is now 15. When he was 3, insurance decided that it was no longer medically necessary (speech,occupational and language) and gave us the back bill. We pulled money from everywhere and eventually after our pediatrician wrote and called them many times, they covered him again. Don’t give up! He is beautiful and I am so happy that people around you and him cared so much and shared their time and talents. Thank you for sharing!

  67. Beautiful story! It is so wonderful to hear about unexpected kindness. God bless you and your family,

    Liz

  68. What a wonderful story- your family is such an example of courage and faithfulness. God brings unexpected blessings from unexpected places, doesn’t He? Hope you don’t mind, I shared your link on Hometalk.com. It’s a great resource for diy answers on home projects. Thought they might like your inspiring story. :)

  69. Oops, should have included the link: http://www.hometalk.com/activity/148121?se=rep&tk=odzz2j
    If you would prefer that I delete it, please just let me know.

  70. This is probably one of the most amazing story ever! Just when you think you have reached the point of no help… God steps in and bless those in need! I am sure your little guy will enjoy his new table…

  71. Such a great story. It reminds me to go out of my way to make life easier for others every chance I get. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing!

  72. Stephanie ~~
    What a Beautiful Story … Thanks for sharing. The Table looks Wonderful .. may God Continue
    to Bless your Family.
    Random Acts of Kindness warm my Heart, so
    Happy to hear it came from the Home Depot &
    a Great Group of Guys.
    Blessing & Hugs ~ Connie xox

  73. Words fail me…tears do not! it’s all about the ‘community of mankind’.
    Thank you for the inspiration for today – it reminds us all to — Pay It Forward!

  74. Dear Stephanie,
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful story. I have friends and family who have been touched by autism and the struggle to get services is inhumane. The insurance industry is one of the few that have not been affected by a down economy, and yet they raise rates & cut services… I’m so glad that this random act of kindness turned a hard situation into a blessing. Big Hug! ~Mel

  75. Wow, that is a great story, thanks so much for sharing it. So generous of the manager at the Home Depot too. My heart goes out to your family and others who struggle with Autism and learning disabilities.

  76. Oh Stephanie! Sniff. God does want to grant us the desires of our hearts. I am so happy for you all.

    Our boy was born way to early has also struggled in various areas. Our insurance come courtesy of my husband, a veteran. Sadly the insurance offered to our service men and women is appalling. We have done much of the work for our son ourselves. I’ll be praying for you all.

  77. This is a very beautiful story and a great reminder that there are still good people out there in the world who are willing to help out their fellow man. My hats off to those workers at Home Depot. It seems like you needed a little luck and you got it. ;)

  78. That is such a heart warming story! Love hearing about strangers going out of their way to help others!

  79. Thanks for sharing your story Stephanie, it touched me as well. So grateful for people and their kindness to strangers–that is so cool.

    Blessings to you and your family as you create your in-home therapy for your son. He will benefit so much from that and his loving parents!

  80. Hi Stephanie, can you give us the location and maybe the address of the store so we can send them thank you notes letting them know what a nice thing that was??

    Thanks Tina Wilson

    I love your blog by the way!!

  81. What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing. I cried the whole time reading it. It is wonderful to know that there are still wonderful people in this world. I am truly happy, for you and your family, that you were at the receiving end this time. And what wonderful parents your son has. ;) Take care.

  82. Stephanie, my heart is so happy that your sweet little guy and your beautiful family were blessed like this! Big kisses to your local Home Depot- what a bunch of heroes!

  83. WoW, What a fantastic story! With all the violence in the news, it almost seems we have lost our humanity. This brought tears to my eyes and restored my faith. What a fantastic bunch of people at your store.Thanks for sharing.And more importantly good luck on your endeavor to help that sweet little boy. With a lot of work, and research, he will probably be better off left in your loving care.

  84. Thanks for sharing. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. So nice to know that there are wonderful people like that in the world, not to mention Home Depot as well.

  85. It is so heartening to hear a story like this and know that there are good people in the world that are willing to help even people who could have afforded to make the table. So happy for you. I had my insurance cancelled once so I can feel your pain.

  86. Just one more reason to shop at Home Depot.

  87. Stephanie,
    This is how all of us should act. Helping our neighbor and the unknown person. What an awesome gift!
    I have prayed often for your son and will commit to pray more.

  88. Stephanie… Rich is my son :-)…he is a wonderful person and always looking for ways to make a difference in people’s life and never does things in hopes of recognition or praise. He has done it before and I am sure he will again. Often, he never knows what it means to people. Your Blog was wonderful for him to read and share. Kudo’s to you and your husband for being such caring parents.

  89. Stephanie, I am so grateful you shared this. What a wonderful story. I appreciate you sharing how you are navigating through rough waters. We can all benefit from your heartfelt words. We will be shopping more at Home Depot. What a great manager you had too. He is an inspiration to us as well. Go the extra mile! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and being so open.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

  90. I used to be a private tutor using the ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) program for an autistic child. Private home tutoring/way of life did wonders for the child, I am sure you will be thrilled with your decision. Best of luck with your son, he seems perfect, and lucky to have wonderful parents.

  91. I love stories like this and gives me hope that there is more good than bad in the world. Your son is adorable and best of luck to all of you. Enjoy the new table!
    It is beautiful!

  92. The generosity of these complete strangers brings tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing your story Stephanie! I am all too familiar w/ the frustrations that come with fighting insurance companies to provide services to those with special needs. I am sorry you had to experience that but am glad that out of no where you were reminded that there is still good in the world:)

  93. I don’t know if you are aware of this website, but if there’s anything there that will help you, it’s worth a try. Stay strong! http://www.autismresourcemom.com/

  94. My grandson is a late talking toddler… we are watching and working on his language development primarily ourselves and have not yet checked on speech therapy for him. While surfing I came across these DVDs. I have not purchased them as of yet so this can’t be a real review I guess, but I have searched and read through many of the articles on this website as well as tips listed here and found them helpful and informative. The combo of simple signs and words seems to be a helpful bridge for some kids. Perhaps this might help with your son’s speech… or help you find ways to help him. http://teachmetotalk.com/ The Home Depot story was wonderful! Good luck to you and your family.

  95. I left an earlier comment but I also wanted to add this link as well. http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/psa.php

  96. Tears filled my eyes as I read this. All I kept thinking was WOW! what a wonderful blessing!!! Thank you for sharing this with us. I can tell you that because of the generosity of those Home Depot employees I will now be shopping at Home Depot instead of Lowe’s. I love companies that have a heart of compassion for people!
    Just a thought you could email to corporate and let them know your story. Surely they would thank those men for being so generous with their time and talents.

  97. Thank you for sharing your story. It is heartwarming to hear about how strangers become family.

    PB

  98. There are not many blogs I have the time to follow lately. Under the Table and Dreaming is one I ALWAYS come back to. So glad I did today. Ironic that the name of your blog and this post are so connected! Home Depot and the guys there ROCK. With so many trials in this world, the little rays of sunshine are what I hold on to. Thanks for giving me a ray today.

  99. Stephanie, This is such a beautiful story of commitment. The commitment of a loving family to never give up. When it is your loved ones, especially your children, you don’t give up, you regroup. I am so proud that the regrouping renews our faith in community. A huge thank you to Home Depot and their employees for seeing a need and responding. I am impressed.
    My daughter is a speech pathologist so I know autistic children can speak. Many times she has facilitated their speech. She loves her work and works only with children. I am so sorry that you are not getting the help to which you are so entitled.
    I am so proud of you and hubby for moving forward.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

  100. That literally brought tears to my eyes. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know there are people out there willing to go above and beyond. What a great story.

  101. I am sure that was an amazing gift for you! So good to hear how good people are still all around us. Your sons eyes are just beautiful!

  102. As I was quickly scanning the comments to get to the bottom, I saw the word “tears”. I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt for you and your family.
    There are still good people in this world and I’m glad you found some…

  103. That is AMAZING! One of the reasons I always shop HD vs. Lowe’s is because of their genuine care for customers. We have had associates cut, carry & load wood for us on numerous occasions. They are doing something right! What an inspiring story! The table is beautiful! I’m sure you guys are enjoying it :) PS: The plastic on top is brilliant!
    XOXOXO

  104. I think most of us are willing to lend a hand to someone in need in any community; first they have to be aware that there is a need. We are truly in a medical/insurance jungle in this country and will increasingly need to ask for help from each other because it just won’t be there in the traditional ways anymore. You should see what they’re doing to we elderly…..

    I am glad your husband reached out and found a friendly hand. You and your family, and the good people who helped build the table all benefited. It’s what is supposed to happen. I’m so glad it did.

  105. I got teary-eyed reading this. What a lovely thing for them to do, and lovely of you to share it. It’s so refreshing to see people doing things out of the kindness of their hearts these days – it doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should. Kudos to Home Depot!

  106. I am so glad that there were people out there to encourage your heart and do this for your precious son!

  107. Oh my goodness Stephanie! That’s amazing! My heart aches for you guys as you’re going through this process! Will definitely be praying for you all! The room looks fabulous! Yay to Home Depot! I think they are such a corporate company! Glad they stepped in to help!
    Melody

  108. Wow that is incredible. I will be looking differently at home depot for sure. We live in Canada…wonder if they would do that for us.

    Also, will be praying for your son as well. We have a daughter with Autism….so I truly understand.

  109. Way to go Home Depot! I said a prayer for you and your family and HD. God bless you!

  110. What a wonderful story and thank you for sharing some of the good things that happen in our world.

    My prayers to you and your son.

  111. That is such a lovely story – what a lovely team to not just organise a table for you but to actually make one themselves.

    I wish you and your son all the best for the future – and all the best in his new ‘classroom’!

  112. Isn’t finding kindness in unexpected places simply the best!? I wish you all the best on this journey with your son – and think of all of you often.

  113. This post literally brought tears to my eyes! I’ve always enjoyed your blog and now I’m an even bigger fan!

    I’m so sorry you are having to fight the good fight on so many fronts at once, but your son is truly blessed to have such dedicated parents-warriors!

    So now, besides being a repeat visitor to your blog, I will make a point to spend my home improvement dollars at Home Depot! Generosity like you’ve written about here is exactly the kind of business ethic I want to support.

    Great post!

  114. It’s nice to know that there are people out there willing to help – even if there’s nothing in it for them.

    I’m so happy your son has the perfect table!
    Kelly

  115. Thank you so much for sharing this story. My husband is one of those helpful experts in the orange apron. Sometimes when I am home for long hours with my three healthy girlies, I forget how lucky and blessed we are. I am forwarding this post and all the comments to him. He wants to post it for his associates to be inspired by as well. We pray for your family. Glad our orange family could help you in this small way.

  116. As a Home Depot employee I was especially moved by your story. Thank you for sharing it with the world. I wish you all the best for you and your family.

  117. MrHandy, a THD associate. :

    I feel obligated to tell you that this is our company policy. GIVING BACK is one of the sections of our wheel of principles. The past five years with this company has been one of the best times of my life. We are encouraged to find people in need, like yourself, and go the extra mile to help them with their need. Making a difference in someone’s life is one of the most rewarding experience you can have and The Home Depot makes it possible to have multiple instances of this kind of interaction.

    God Bless you and your family. I know living with a child with autism is rough. What you are doing deserves the praise. I’m glad the company was able to help in a small way.

  118. How wonderful. What an uplifting story.

  119. I have been a HD employee for 19yrs now. we are encouraged to reach out to our customers beyond just selling you something off our shelves. nice to hear that you were able to get some small relief. sure would be nice if the insurance companies would step up to the plate. good luck and God Bless your son and family, gil

  120. This was such a wonderful story! It’s kind of funny, because I went to HD twice this week to buy plants and wood shims for a project, and I only came to your blog to reference a tutorial you had made.

    I also have a child with autism, and we also have insurance issues. My husband’s company got bought by a self insured company two years ago, and that means that they don’t have to provide any coverage for autism since it’s “only” a state, not federal law.

    We thankfully have got a lot of support from our school district, but it’s so heartbreaking that kids aren’t getting the help they need!

        

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