Thank you to the SICBA members who donated their products and services for this project; Stillwater Construction and Frontier Building Supply.  

We received this letter of thanks from a Skagit County citizen who contacted SICBA to build a ramp! 

In a world that is full of so much bad news about bad people, it is refreshing to know that there are good people who are willing to help others.

Shortly before Thanksgiving my elderly father fell and broke his hip. After having hip surgery he had to spend several weeks rehabilitating at a local nursing home. Although the care he received was good and necessary, all he wanted to do was go home. It was the first time he’d been away from my mother for more than a weekend in their nearly 45 years of marriage.

In order for him to go home, one of the stipulations was that their home be accessible, which meant not only removing items and downsizing inside but installing a ramp outside. Not only was this financially impossible for our family, but there were also strict guidelines at the 55 and older mobile home park where my parents lived. Our family knew nothing of building codes or city orders for building new structures. It was all so overwhelming for our family, particularly my mother.

I quickly began researching organizations within Skagit County that could assist us in getting a ramp built. My re-search lead me to Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Members (SICBA), and a miracle worker named Charles Crider. Mr. Crider asked if my father was a Veteran to which I replied yes, and that he had been in the Occupational Forces in Germany in the Air Force, serving as a Russian interpreter. Within two days of our first email Mr. Crider had three lumber yards donating the material and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, (CVMA) donating their time to build the ramp for my dad; coming together to help one of their own. Such a wonderful thing that they did!  They gave their time on a Saturday, so that my dad could come home for the Holidays.

I can’t begin to say enough good things about CVMA. They were able to build a beautiful wheelchair that met all the building codes and requirements. They did it in one day!! It was done the week before Christmas. Because of the kindness and generosity of CVMA for a fellow veteran, my dad was able to be home with his wife, and spend Christmas with his family. We are truly grateful for all that Charles Crider of SICBA was able to do and the men of CVMA, thank you is not enough to tell you how much my family appreciates your good work for us and your service to our country, may God bless them all. What charitable hearts they all have.

I just thought you should know and hope you share this story with the community. Skagit County veterans need to know that there ARE true angels who walk amongst them.




Abbi McKee