When a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3108 read a newspaper story about 3-year-old Lila Jackson's need for a wheelchair ramp, an idea immediately sprung to mind.

That idea was to donate an aluminum ramp to the family. The Board agreed and delivered the ramp Wednesday, Sept. 10, to the Jackson's Rockport home. It will be installed by volunteers.

“[The ramp] belonged to a WWII Veteran whose family wanted us (VFW) to do something meaningful with the ramp after he passed,” veteran Jim Roberts said. “We picked it up from the family, stored it for a brief amount of time, a member read the story by Ken [Waltz], and suggested we look into donating it to this family. It was a unanimous decision. The family was originally from Belfast, and this is simply the right thing to do.”

Lila was born with a genetic syndrome and spent the first days of her life in the neonatal intensive-care unit. Jackson's parents are Dana and Sierra Jackson and Lila has a brother, Jude, 1.

Sierra Jackson writes a blog titled My Holland, after a poem, “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley, that a nurse gave to her in the beginning of Lila's journey. Click here to read more about the Jackson family and Lila's condition.

It is estimated the value of the ramp is between $12,000 and $15,000, according to Roberts. Fundraising efforts have been under way for several months.