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Saginaw couple needs help filling potholes in driveway

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A local couple is having difficulties leaving their home, but it has nothing to do with their mobility.

Instead, they’re dealing with potholes so big it has made it nearly impossible to get either in or out of their driveway.

It’s a simple fix, but on a fixed income they need a little help to get the job done.

John and Cheryl Thomas, of Saginaw, have been married for 41 years.

“I have heart problems and she’s wheelchair bound,” John said.

They do just fine moving around the house, but leaving it is a different story. Their driveway is riddled with potholes and divots.

“Every time I back out of the driveway I bottom out,” John said. “Every time I have to go to the doctor, the hospital, any appointments we have to do.”

The divots in the driveway have gotten so bad the ambulance won’t even go up it anymore. They take a stretcher to the house and wheel the couple through the grass.

“It’s downright terrible when they take you through the grass,” Cheryl said.

She said she usually needs an ambulance once every four to six weeks due to her health. She said being on a stretcher through the grass is rough.

“Tipping over. One time one of the girls broke their thumb catching me tipping over,” she said.

The couple said they believe it would costs about $200 to fill in the driveway. John said it’s money they don’t have because they are living off of his social security.

“Once we pay the bills we usually have $80 to $100 left,” he said.

That is why they are hoping someone will lend a hand and hopefully some gravel.

“I would be in their great debt if somebody could help us out now because we can’t do it,” John said.

If you can help the couple send an email to

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