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Project by GCIMark posted 04-24-2015 03:03 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my favorite projects! Not because of the “what” but because of the “why”. In the late fall of 2013, the leasing manager, and her staff, at the apartments I was building decided they were going to find something charitable to get involved with for Christmas. They got hooked up with a local organization that was operating a relief ministry out of the fellowship hall of a local church. The organization had a list of families that could use some “Christmas help” so our leasing staff “adopted” two families. One was an elderly couple. The other was mom and dad in their early forties (I would guess), a seven year old boy and a thirteen year old girl. They spread the word throughout the community and began collecting presents, clothing, household goods, gift cards, cash…...whatever. The response was amazing. If I told you we hauled a pick up truck load of stuff over to the church that day, it would be an understatement. About a week before the big day I was in the leasing office talking to the manager (Heather) about work. Before leaving I asked her how the collection project was going and asked her if she had any ideas on something I could make in the shop to contribute. She got a real solemn look on her face and said “come here and let me show you something”. She pulled 2 pieces of paper out of her desk drawer and handed them to me. They were the Christmas lists of the two children. I started reading the 7 year old’s first. There were 10 or 12 items on the list. At first glance my thoughts were, man, this is a long “wish list”.....till I started reading it. Looked kinda like this:
1. paper towels for the kitchen 2. dish soap for the kitchen 3. toilet paper for the bathroom and continued on like this till it got to the last item which was some Legos to play with. The first item on his sister’s list was “some Legos for my brother to play with”. As soon as I could remove the giant sized lump from my throat where I could talk I told Heather, “I’m making this kid something nice”. I was already starting to see pictures in my head of what it was going to be. I used some left over counter tops from our apartments and some walnut my grading contractor had given me to make this table and chair set…....and loved every minute of it!

The chairs are about 10” high to the seat and the table is about 20” high.

-- Mark, North Carolina





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#1 posted 04-25-2015 12:02 AM

Very nice looking piece of childrens furniture Mark and touching story. You’ve got a big and charitable heart that is to be admired.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#2 posted 04-25-2015 12:41 AM

Thank you JC. You have an outstanding collection of work as well. Very nice pieces…... all of them.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 01:13 AM

What a great reason to build something. My wife is a teacher and some of the student come from some very poor families. She has seen some similar lists. It’s obviously very depressing on the surface, but also incredible to see how big their hearts are. They are so selfless and so far from spoiled.

Thanks for the heartwarming story.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 01:11 PM

That is awesome. What a great story to go along with it.

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#5 posted 04-25-2015 01:34 PM

Great story-your workmanship is only second to your generosity.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 02:18 AM

Very nicely done and I can see them playing Lego’s there now, thank you for such a great idea to share with them

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 04-27-2015 02:13 PM

Thanks for the kind words, all of you.

SuperCubber, I looked at your home page and it looks like we started out in similar fashion. I started out in a 10 X 6 storage room inside my garage. It didn’t take long till I had expanded out into my half of the garage. I WAS able to convince my wife that she needed to park in the driveway and I had the whole thing for quite some time. I eventually convinced her that we should build a shop so she could have her parking space back. Funny thing was, not long after we finished the shop we converted the garage into a game room and made it a “hang out” for our sons. That’s where the ping pong table I have posted lives. Now we both park in the driveway.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 02:18 PM

Haha, that’s pretty cool! We can’t build a shop where we are now, but I told my wife that in our next house (probably 3-4 years down the line), my only request is an oversized one-car garage for shop stuff only, no cars, no kids toys! I’d like at least 17×22. That’s the goal anyway! :)

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 02:19 PM

SuperCubber, I meant to mention to you that you may have seen some of my work in Spartanburg. There are some apartments on Reidville Road called River Run. That place was about 85% then went bankrupt during construction and sat for about a year with the weeds growing up around it. We had a client in Charlotte that bought it from the bank, along with another identical property in Lexington SC that was being built by the same crowd. I was the “lucky” one that got to go and finish both of them.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#10 posted 04-27-2015 02:33 PM

Whoa! That’s about 2 miles from my house. Drive by it all the time. My wife and I have always said those are the nicest looking apartments in Spartanburg. I’ve never been inside though.

Are you in the Charlotte area then?

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#11 posted 04-27-2015 03:32 PM

I live about 40 miles north of downtown Charlotte. Out in farm country. I did an eight month “tour of duty” living in Charlotte back in ‘87. When I left I said “never again”. Way too many people for this farm boy. There are more cows than people where I live now. I also meant to ask you, what does your wife teach? My wife is an EC teacher at the local high school near where we live. The high school that she and I and both of our sons all graduated from.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#12 posted 04-28-2015 04:26 PM

Ha! I’ve never lived in a “big” city, nor do I really want to, so I hear ya. We live just outside Spartanburg city limits. I guess you’d call it a Spartanburg suburb. We definitely have more people than cows! I’d prefer farm country, but my wife would prefer to live downtown, so it’s a pretty good compromise.

My wife teaches 5th grade SS and LA. This is her last year though. She’s going to stay at home with the kids.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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