Vilonia Reaches Out

    11:39 AM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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    VILONIA, Ark. (KTHV) Three families visit in this living room; one of those is in need the other two are willing to help. "If it was just me and my wife we could have stayed there but them two babies deserve better." Steven Suttles he is the father to a family with disabilities and he is fighting an illness himself. "My wife is hearing impaired, I'm bi polar my daughter has RS and my son is possibly aspergers," explains Suttles. 

    The family previously lived in this mobile home, which did not have central heat and air. He says they shared a mattress and they put the kids between them so they could stay warm. Suttles also says their savings, intended to build a home, went to medical bills. That's when BJ Thorn got involved. The Suttles are now renting a house while they raise money to build a home on their property. "There was no lack of love, or care or concern it was just the physical part of it that had to be changed," says Thorn. She reached out to the Kellers and from there they went to the community. "Everybody just pulled together, we haven't looked for a lot of stuff, everything has been donated."

    The Kellers say they had so many donations; they had a garage sale to take care of the extra supplies and help raise money. That sale raised $4,500; they currently have around $12,000 to go toward building a home. All this help leaves Steven Suttles grateful. "Thank you, to everybody involved, I can't say that enough cause it means the world to these little kids and that's what the focus is about, giving these kids a better home and a brighter future."

    An audiologist came and did a hearing test for Steven Suttles wife and is now donating her the hearing aides she needs.  And more good news: The family recently had a van donated to them. Suttles says he is donating his old car to another family in need because they don't need two vehicles and he wants to pay it forward. If you want to get involved and help the family you can go to any Centennial bank and donate to the Suttles family fund. You can also send volunteers an email- Thorn5@windstream.net or Masheak@hotmail.com

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