Jefferson Award Winner Jerry Gritter Gives Back in the Spirit of Service

When Jerry Gritter retired, he found a second job with the Texas Ramp Project.

It's a job that offers no pay but each time he and his group build a ramp they're all rewarded with the knowledge that they've changed someone's life for the better.

He's receiving a Jefferson award for service Tuesday night.

All across the state, Texas Ramp Project volunteers spend countless hours working to build ramps that allow their fellow Texans the freedom to be mobile around their home and here in the Brazos Valley, Jerry Gritter is one of the master builders.

"At first it was a way to get out of the house. You know I've retired and getting kind of bored just sitting around and it's a way to get out," says Gritter.

While most people spend their golden years taking it easy, Jerry puts in a full work week and the only pay he receives is the satisfaction knowing that he's helping to change someone's life for the better.

"It's a feel good thing to see something that you build, actually can build in a few hours and where it helps someone."

Whether young or old, those who need and use the ramps built by Jerry Gritter and the many helping hands who willingly roll-up their sleeves, the smiles on the faces of those who use the ramps are the only reward they need and though he's a Jefferson Award recipient, Jerry's quick to point out, he's just one of many workers.

"It's a real honor and you're really humbled by it. I think it's an award for the whole group and for all the volunteers that work with me. And there's lots of them."

The Jefferson Awards air Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. on KBTX.


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