By Steven Ziegler
My wife and I have been friends with Andi and Jim Sebest since just around the time we moved into our neighborhood over a decade ago. Their daughter, Olivia, is my daughter, Ava’s, best friend. And their son, Addison, who has Down Syndrome, is a great friend to our whole family. The Sebests are great people, great parents, and were living pretty normal lives until tragedy struck in the summer of 2010.
In August 2010, Jim took his family to vacation at the beach and, being the very physical person that he is, was of course out playing in the waves. That is when Jim dove under a wave to avoid the crash and hit the ocean floor. His wife had to pull him out of the ocean and the lifeguards performed CPR. While not completely severed, Jim's spinal cord was injured to the point that he has had very little movement below the neck since his accident, and was unable to breathe without a ventilator for the longest time. Obviously, this has been devastating for the Sebests, but I am happy to report that progress is being made: Jim has been doing well in aquatherapy, and he has been off of the ventilator for a month.
A little while ago I asked the rest of the WEBstaurantStore staff if anyone would be willing to spend one of our volunteer days helping the Sebests clean up the outside of their house and yard in time for the holidays. The response was an enthusiastic, “Yes!” In fact, this may have been our most well-attended volunteer day, with over 20 people showing up on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
The WEBstaurant Store volunteer crew got straight to work and began brightening up the Sebests' home. We raked leaves, trimmed shrubs, power-washed the deck and walkways, cleaned the gutters and windows, fixed the gate and TV cable, and removed scrap metal and debris from the yard. Besides manpower, we had some heavy duty Noble Chemicals on hand as well to assist us in sprucing up the place: Reflect Glass Cleaner, Oxy Dip Oxygen Bleach, and Sunbright Pot and Pan Dishwashing Liquid. With such a great turnout of hardworking volunteers, what would have taken the Sebests weeks or even months to complete was completed in under 2.5 hours! The family was very appreciative of the help and our volunteers were delighted to have made a positive impact on such a deserving family.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to the WEBstaurantStore staff and all of their friends and family members who assisted. We all need the help of our communities from time to time, and some need it more than others. What happened to the Sebests could happen to anyone--Jim is no longer able to run his construction company, Andi spends her days looking after Jim, and the medical expenses are, of course, astronomical. So please, if you can spare even a few dollars, follow the link below and hit the “Donate Now” button. Thank you, and thank you to my coworkers for helping brighten up the Sebests’ holidays.
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A "behind the scenes" look at our volunteer day at the Sebest's
The arsenal of Noble Chemicals cleaning supplies at our disposal for the day: Reflect Glass Cleaner, Oxy Dip Oxygen Bleach Presoak / Destainer, the Sunbright Pot and Pan Dishwashing Liquid.
Up on the Rooftop
Evan and Charles went to great heights to clean the leaves from the roof and gutters.
Addison and Franklin pitch in to help with the pavers, while Mike and Molly work on fixing the gate.
Jimmy uses Noble Chemical Reflect Glass Cleaner to shine up the windows and Sam uses the power washer to clean off the deck and patio furniture.
Lots and Lots and Lots of Leaves
Round 1 of the leaves and debris bagged up and ready for the compost heap.
With such a great turnout of volunteers, we had the entire task list completed in no time!