A Columbia group that hosts hunts for wounded veterans recently received a handicapped-accessible deer stand made by a high school student.
Blake Boleware, a Simpson Academy senior, and his father delivered it on Nov. 17 to the Wounded War Heroes organization.
Each year seniors at Simpson Academy must complete a service project. Boleware, son of Reggie and Skarlett Boleware of Collins, decided to build a handicapped-accessible deer stand because he wanted to help someone who could no longer enjoy deer hunting due to their limited abilities. Blake is described by his family as “an avid and sometimes rabid” deer hunter.
Ted Allen of ACE Hardware of Magee and his grandfather, Dwright McRaney of Collins, donated the necessary materials.
Blake’s father and grandfather directed him with the construction of the project, which began in August and was completed in November.
Wounded War Heroes was so appreciative of this gift because they have 10 wounded veterans coming to hunt Dec. 7 to Dec. 11.
Blake is hoping that many heroes will be able to once again enjoy the pleasures of hunting because of his gift.