Uniting a Community One Shovel at a Time

Heather (me, Aidan’s mom) Talley the Go-Getter who knows at the end of the day that people are generous so she seeks to create a space for everyone to shine, Sue the Fabulous who saw a problem with a soution

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Jim and his son Sean who magically appear all across this nation to get things done, build community, and pay it forward

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Jared the guy who said, “Of course I have a digger and would love to drive it up to break ground,” but doesn’t know us at all

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Jason the Builder who designed the plans, has been contacting his sources for donations, and who has already given endless hours to bring this project to fruition

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Christina Higginbotham from Fosters Daily Democrat who came to tell our story

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The sweet boy who showed up to see the digger and told his mom very excitedly that it would be a great idea to stop at the store on the way home to buy an excavator that makes noise. And yes, that was my favorite quote of the day.

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Someone who came to help because this project is important to someone he loves. I opened my door this morning to find this gentleman, a stranger for a moment, shoveling the snow off of the frost blankets where the addition is going. Way to jump in.

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Vivien Leigh of WCSH News who not only did a great job covering the story, but also took a moment to share heart to heart, mom to mom with me.

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Not pictured:

  • Our wonderful neighbor who snow blowed my driveway after the nor’easter which had to happen the day before ground breaking
  • Another neighbor who can’t quite get enough of Aidan and read books to him while I mingled and shared our story
  •  A family with a child with special powers, my people, that I just had the privilege of meeting today. They showed up in the spirit of unity and we had a great chance to talk shop (special education, IEPs etc). They came because this project is special to someone they care about so it’s become special to them. Wow.
  • Jason the Builder’s beautiful family who got to meet Aidan. I had a lovely talk with his  wife and was able to express my appreciation for her being generous with her time knowing that Jason is using family time to be part of our community.
  • The man who brought woopie pies and, ok, professional skills as well
  • Debbie the photographer who hugged me and recognized that this project has so many wonderful and complicated emotional layers for me


Not everyone has money to give, not everyone has time, not everyone has a professional skill; but somebody has money, and somebody has time, and somebody has professional skills. We can look at this $75k dollar 4 month project and be easily overwhelmed; or we can come together, each finding our own place to be part of this story.

Will you join us as we build a safe and accessible house for Aidan, as we build community brick by brick?

Check out the Channel 6 video here. For more ways to help go here.


About Heather Bowie

I’m the mother of two wonderful boys and have been married almost 20 years to an amazing Irishman I met in a castle. Our oldest son Liam loves to read and run. Our younger son Aidan loves to drive his power chair and socialize. Aidan has a rare genetic disease (PURA Syndrome) and Epilepsy. This blog was birthed out of the desire to tell our story, and in doing so, appreciate the journey.
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One Response to Uniting a Community One Shovel at a Time

  1. kgbensley says:

    All so wonderful……..

    Joyfully, Karen Gage Bensley Kgbensley@comcast.net

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