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April 10, 2011

04/11/11 The sounds of hammers and saws filled the air on Saturday in a rural section of Marshall County as volunteers worked once again to make a young girl’s wish for her own bedroom come true.

Nearly two dozen volunteers showed up at11-year-old Destiny Cartrwright’s home for a second weekend to work on the new addition to her family’s home. Destiny is suffering from congestive heart failure brought on by a case of rheumatic fever. She has trouble going up the stairs to the bedroom she shares with her two brothers. Plymouth Kiwanis is working with the Make A Wish Foundation to give Destiny the bedroom of her own that she always wanted.

Last weekend, volunteers framed in the two bedroom addition. This past weekend they were back at work making it look more like a home.  Roofers were there to put shingles on the addition and while they worked up high, another group put in the windows and added siding to the home.

Inside, an electrician and a plumber gave of their day off to rough in the electrical and plumbing work so that it would be ready for inspection during the weekend.

Next weekend Kiwaanians and other volunteers, led by general contractor Keith Woods from Lowes, will be back at work putting in insulation and drywall. They will be back at the 6th Road home for the next few weeks until the project is finished. It’s then that the Make a Wish Foundation will take over and decorate and furnish Destiny’s bedroom just as she wants it.

Destiny was at Riley’s Hospital in Indianapolis last week. Doctors hope to take her off one of the medications she has to take every day in hopes of repairing her damaged heart. Her parents were told that Destiny will likely need heart valve replacement surgery within the next few years if her health does not improve.  She will be back at Riley’s in September for another checkup.

All of the labor and most of the materials for this new addition are being donated. It is estimated that an additional $15,000 is needed to cover what has not been donated.

If you would like to make a cash donation to the project, you can do so by stopping by Lake City Bank (862 E Jefferson, Plymouth) and making your check out to “Kiwanis Destiny’s Wish.” Donations for Destiny’s Wish may also be sent to: Kiwanis-Destiny’s Wish, P.O. Box 504, Plymouth, IN 46563. Material donations of lumber, drywall and shingles are also needed. To make material donations, please call Keith Woods at 935-6500 or 935-0202 or Dale Cramer at Lake City Bank at 935-4200.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The Plymouth Kiwanis meet each Tuesday at noon at Christo’s Banquet Center in Plymouth and interested people and/or potential new members are always welcome. For more information, contact Tom Sibal at 935-8442.