Home Depot Builds Fort for Reno Boy

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Reno, NV - Jonah Vandever loves to build model cars and invent things. He’s always inspired by what he sees. And this is a kid who has spent his lifetime inspiring others. You see, Jonah has never been a typical kid.

“He’s great. He’s full of energy and full of life. I can’t tell you how great it is to be his mom because every day is a new day and a new experience with him,” says Steffini Vandever, Jonah’s mom.

Jonah was born with backward knees, clubbed feet, and a missing forehead. At 18 months old, both of his legs were amputated. But he never let any of that slow him down. With prosthetic legs, he’s become a championship skier. He’s also become a motivational speaker for soldiers who are returning from war with amputated limbs.

That’s why this day is so special for his family. Jonah is getting a new place to build on his dreams: his very own fort.

“I always wanted one. Just wanted to get out of the house and do something nice.., and no one has to help me,” says Jonah.

Home Depot workers have donated their time and the materials to make this happen. Tuff Shed also donated the prefabricated shed.

“Jonah’s going to tell us what he wants. So if we’re here till midnight, we’re here till midnight. We’re going to make it right for him,” says Clint Echevarria, Home Depot district manager.

For Jonah’s mother, seeing all of these people show up and build a fort for her son leaves her almost speechless.

“Because what these people are doing is so amazing. He’s waited a long time for this,” says Steffini Vandever.


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