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Businesses Donate Labor, Material To Make A Boston Bombing Victim Home Handicap Accessible

This week workers are renovating the Concord family home of Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman Jr. They're making his father and step mother's home handicap accessible.

Before the Boston marathon bombings in April, Jeff Bauman Jr. visited the Concord home of his father, step mother and two half brothers frequently. But after Bauman lost both his legs during the marathon bombings, the space has become less accessible to maneuver around in a wheelchair.

That's where Cobb Hill Construction and nearly 30 other New Hampshire and Massachusetts based businesses have lent a hand, donating time and materials to bring handicap accessible improvements to the residence.

"We had no idea what to do after the bombings. I think everyone wanted to help in some way. And this is the only way- as a construction company- that we knew how to get involved."

That's Michael Browning of Cobb Hill Construction. He says when the renovations are finished in September, the existing kitchen will be larger, a shed on the side of the house will be replaced with a wheelchair accessible bedroom, the bathroom will be redone and a wheelchair ramp will extend out from the side of the house.

The project is still looking for donations of concrete for the foundation, lumber, insulation, interior trim materials, counter tops, interior paint, hardwood flooring and kitchen tiles.

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