Mint Hill Cares
Mint Hill resident Pat Haire doesn't have many blood relatives left. But she tells everyone she has a large local family: the members of the Mint Hill Fire Department.
And it's all thanks to the department's three-year-old program Mint Hill Cares.
Firefighters used donated funds from the program last year to build a wooden, handicap-accessible ramp for the Haires outside their front door. It was a lifesaver for Pat, who was then caring for her husband, Van, 81, who had a lot of ailments including Alzheimer's and trouble getting around. She'd call the fire department frequently to help get him in and out of the house or help him up after a fall when she couldn't lift him. Van Haire, a retired Charlotte police officer who went by "Cub," died in March, about six months after the ramp was complete. But Pat Haire says the gesture was a lifesaver for their last few months together. The couple were married for 60 years and had two children.
Want to help?
To donate to the Mint Hill Cares program, send a check payable to the nonprofit Mint Hill Fire Department to P.O. Box 23065, Charlotte, NC 28227. Write "Mint Hill Cares" in the memo line.
For more information, call 704-545-4866.