AHIP and Tiger Fuel build ramp for Charlottesville woman

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- AHIP has teamed up with Tiger Fuel to help make a Charlottesville woman's life easier after open heart surgery.

Volunteers from Tiger Fuel gathered at 86-year-old Ruby Sandridge's home Wednesday to stain and paint a critical access ramp and back deck.

AHIP has done several emergency repairs on Sandridge's home over the past few years.

She has lived in Charlottesville since 1986.

AHIP and Tiger Fuel say this project will help Sandridge get in and out of her home.

"Ms. Sandridge had open heart surgery and she has bad knees, so the house before it had the ramp, had a few steps up to the front porch and just getting in and out of the house was difficult for her," said Corey Demchak with AHIP.

"It makes me happy to see it's being done," Sandridge said. "It's going to help me quite a bit going in and out with my leg like this."

AHIP said if it can raise $60,000 by the end of June, two local donors will match that amount dollar for dollar.

The organization currently have about $15,000 to go before hitting that goal.

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