Gregg Eichorn has two kids, 19-year-old Elijah and 11-year-old Zahara, who use wheelchairs. When heavy snow hit the family’s home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, the creative dad was inspired to build an accessible igloo for his kids to enjoy.
In addition to Elijah and Zahara, Eichorn has six other adopted children, all of whom have special needs. He took to Facebook to share a photo of the awesome igloo that all of his children were able to use. One of his friends then shared it on Reddit, where people were super impressed with the dedicated dad.
“Built this handicap accessible igloo today with my sister,” he wrote alongside the photo on Facebook. “Includes mini igloo and second floor snowball deck. Not the first ambitious (thing) I’ve done.”
Eichorn says that the igloo was a huge hit with all of his kids, who range in age from 4 to 19.
“They loved it!” he told People. “They were having a blast. The day afterward, we even put a slide on the top so they could slide off the top of it. Elijah opened his eyes up in there, and that was a big deal because he has cortical vision impairment. Our kids were so excited to see that.”
Eichorn was surprised to learn that his project earned him the praise of so many strangers on Reddit. He and his wife, Katie, are in the process of adopting their ninth child with special needs.
“We didn’t know about all the people that were gonna be interested,” he told the magazine. “For me, this is no big deal. People have told me, getting the word out about medical and special needs adoption, that’s part of our family’s vision. You can have special people in your family, that weren’t part of your family and you can love, and your family is better.”
Kudos to this dad for having such a big heart and making sure everyone is included in the snow-fort fun!