DES MOINES, Iowa — In a rural Iowa workshop, work never sounded so fun. It’s because Nick and Tye Burch love working with their hands, and creating something useful comes naturally. “I grew up working in construction with my dad, “Nick explains, “there was always something to do, something to fix, something to work on …”
Like father, like son. Now a third generation is carrying on that ideal. “I’m going to school for mechanical engineering so this is right up my alley,” says Tye.
As far as these two are concerned, they’re just practicing – being practical. “Ya just fix it,” Nick shrugs, “ya fix it! It’s what we’ve done for a long, long time. You see a need for something, and just do it!”
That’s exactly why the Burch boys created a special lead and halter for showing sheep, for 9-year-old Carter Claver. You can’t really understand why he needs it, until you see what he was using last year. “Every day is a fight for Carter,” his mom Sharis explains, “he struggles at everything. The simplest thing that we take for granted, he can’t do on his own. And there are very few things he loves to do and very few things he can do.”
Kim Karwal from Easter Seals wanted to help. “When we saw them featured last year on Channel 13 we saw the process they were using to show the sheep and we have a history of helping people with disabilities.” When Kim asked Sharis what would make life easier for Carter, Sharis said, “Being able to show his lambs better.”
Enter Nick and Tye – and their knack for fixing things. The families spent hours brainstorming, and the Burchs spent hours building. “It was interesting,” Tye says with excitement, “I wanted to help! Dad’s got ideas, I have ideas.”
There were lots of things to consider, from what kind of materials to use, to how to attach them to carter’s wheelchair, but most importantly the device needed to keep Carter safe. The end product does just that. “It makes me feel,” Sharis searches for a way to explain her reaction, “I am so grateful to Nick and Tye. They’ll never know how grateful I am. There are no words that can explain.”
The Burch boys let their tools do the talking – and work never sounded so fun. They see a need and just get busy fixing what needs fixing. “Helping a little kid show his lamb and being like another little kid – it makes you happy,” father and son agree, “it’s a really warm and fuzzy feeling.”