ANDERSON (Nov. 21, 2014) – This holiday season, a local veteran is thankful, as the community comes together to build him a brand new home.
Tim Senkowski lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan, and ever since, the community’s been working hard to build Senkowski and his family a more accessible home. They held a groundbreaking last year, but have run into delays and funding shortfalls as a network of volunteers and local companies work generously to construct the home on their own time.
This summer, they even borrowed the latest craze in viral video to raise money for Senkowski, taking part in a special ‘ice bucket challenge’ at the construction site near Anderson.
Now, the framing is in place, and soon the roof deck will be installed. But they still need help with paint, drywall and flooring.
“We really need to finish this thing off we hope everybody can step up and help us out,” said Bob Luenebrink with The Path Home.
All along, local companies and contractors have been pitching in to help.
“It kind of puts things in perspective, kind of warms the heart (and) makes you understand what’s really important in life,” said Darnel Fox with Keihin Corporation.
“Veterans provide great service to us,” said John Rayburn with the Mechnical Contractor’s Association of Indiana. “(This) is our way of showing appreciation for all that they do.”
“I try to say what I can, but there are no words to express the thanks and the support that Indiana has given,” Senkowski said. “I just can’t believe all the help they’ve given me and I hope one day I can return all the help."
If you’re interested in donating, the group has established a web page for those who want to help.
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