Home Depot employees build ramp for Milan amputee

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MILAN, Tenn. — Home Depot employees built a ramp free of charge Thursday for a Milan man confined to a wheelchair. Sterling Jennings, an amputee, said he went outside Thursday for the first time in weeks. “They’re doing it on their own time and at their own cost,” he said. Jennings lost part of his leg in May due to complications from diabetes and said he has not been able to go outside. “Kind of depressing,” he said. “You see four walls all the time.” Jennings‘ wife is on dialysis. He says she has trouble getting around. Home Depot Department Manager Artie Castro said he heard Jennings‘ story and wanted to help. “My mom went to dialysis three days a week,” he said. “I understand the frustration trying to get in and out of the house when you don’t have a ramp or anything to help you get down.” Home Depot donated the materials, and employees volunteered their time. “I love giving back to people,” Castro said. “It’s something that I enjoy. I don’t mind doing it. We care. That’s the biggest thing — we care.” Jennings paid nothing out of pocket. “This right here just improved my life by 100 percent,” he said. “I don’t know how to thank these guys.” Employees plan to finish the ramp Thursday.

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