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Merrimack Valley

December 24, 2012

Disabled Methuen veteran gets a wheelchair ramp for Christmas

Coalition of groups team up to give Frank Gioia the gift he couldn't afford


“Getting this ramp is a real blessing and it’s the best Christmas present for both of us,” Carol said.

“What I like about this, it gives Frank some freedom to be able to get outside on his own without my help, to explore the world by himself. Before, it was so hard. Now, he’ll get out of the house a lot more. And this will lighten my load very much,” she said.

“I can say God bless them all. They gave us a merry Christmas,” she said.

Veterans who need a wheelchair or other assistance can call the DAV at 978 975-8793 (coalition number). Wheelchair construction requests will be honored on a first come-first serve basis, according to Silva.

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