Volunteers install wheelchair ramp to help Charlottesville girl

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Volunteers in Charlottesville are helping a young girl get inside her house more easily.

AHIP and volunteers from State Farm Insurance were building a wheelchair ramp at a home on Orangedale Avenue on Thursday morning.

Dareen Sheikh Abdulsalam, a recent immigrant who grew up in Syria, lives in the home with her children, including her nine-year-old daughter who uses a wheelchair.

Abdulsalam currently carries her daughter and her wheelchair from the car to the house each day. But she says her daughter will be excited to be able to get into the house all on her own.

Her daughter celebrated her ninth birthday this week, and Abdulsalam says the ramp is a surprise birthday present.

"It's amazing," Abdulsalam said. "I love the community here. I would like to volunteer with them! When they give you help, it's like family."

State Farm also made a $1,250 donation to AHIP to help the organization continue to rehabilitate houses in the Orangedale neighborhood.

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