Mr. Wayne Delano
Weiss Sheet Metal
210 Bodwell St.
Avon, MA 02332
We want to thank you and those of your employees who helped make the special tub for Maggie's bathroom. Maggie has now had several baths in it and it works great. It is exactly what was needed. She will enjoy the tub for as long as she fits in it (maybe two more years) and then be wheeled into the new shower area. That will not end the usefulness of the tub you all so skillfully constructed. We will pass it on to another family with similar circumstances.
Raising a severely disabled child is a challenge. Everyday living is made complex by the fragile nature of Maggie's hold on life, but we are blessed every day by Maggie's strength, determination and good nature. Through her we see that each of us has the strength and ability to make a difference in the world.
As she has at other times and in other places, this little girl with a broken body has reached out and touched more lives - ours for many years and now yours. Her needs brought us to you in what many may think was a project to allow us to bathe her. It was that, but its impact is much greater. You see, beyond the practical benefits to us, other families with disabled children will visit our home and get ideas for better ways to keep their sick and disabled children at home in more comfort and safety. In addition, the sacrifice of your time and your company's resources to making the tub renewed once again in our hearts the goodness of people.
Through word of mouth and the Mansfield News article about the project, many will say to themselves, "Wasn't that 1tice. Maybe I could sacrifice a little. Maybe I could do something for someone else." We do not exaggerate when we tell you that what this project did for Maggie and us will create many more good acts far into the future just as the flapping of a butterfly's wings in the forests of South America will reverberate and maybe one day
result in a mighty hurricane.
As you may have read in the Mansfield News Article, we are fond of a
saying that goes: "One hundred years from now it will not matter what your battle account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove ... but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a CHILD." You and the employees of Weiss Sheet Metal have made a difference in Maggie's life and ours through your kindness, skill and sacrifice. We are forever grateful.
Dan, Colleen and Maggie Gallagher