A North Carolina man is using his woodworking hobby to help fulfill the wishes of critically ill kids. Ben Wright’s day job is working as a sales rep at City Electric Supply in Marion, a small town east of Asheville. But when he wants to relax after work, he flips on the lathe his wife gave him for Christmas last year and creates wooden treasures. “We’ve got a handful of lumber mills, and a couple of them are my customers,” Ben says. “They’ve been just amazing for giving me little scrap pieces [of wood].”
So when City Electric asked its employees to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wright had a great idea. “I’ve got 20-30 bowls sitting at home collecting dust,” he recalls. “So, I talked to my boss and said, ‘Hey, do you mind if I bring stuff in? And we’ll give it away for a donation.'” His boss agreed and now City Electric has an area in their store dedicated to showcasing Ben’s handywork. Customers can pick up handmade wooden crafts and all of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish.
Ben’s halfway to his fundraising goal of raising $5-hundred and happy to be able to do something for the kids that Make-A-Wish serves. “I couldn’t imagine being a kid in a situation like that,” Ben says. “Giving them something to do, if they say, ‘I want to go to Disneyland.’ Like if I could help, I’d give them money out of my own pocket. Stuff like that needs to be done for the kids.”