ATHENS, GA- Sutton Norris is a popular senior at Prince Avenue Christian School. He plays football and one day he will be a soldier. Norris was accepted to West Point.
“My grandfather died as a Naval Aviator during Vietnam” Sutton said. “When I was six years old I visited his grave and ever since then I said I was going to serve my country just like him.”
Sutton didn’t wait long to start making an impact. As a sophomore he founded his own company, Wood for Warriors. It’s purpose is to help raise funds for wounded veterans to receive an action track wheelchair.
“I just woke up one morning and felt God gave me the idea to chop and sell firewood with a bunch of my buddies” Norris recalls.
When Norris and his friends chop wood, it’s usually on a Saturday. They spend half a day working, and then use the wood to raise donations for Wounded Warriors.
“It really hit home for me because I want to serve in the military” Norris said. I really wanted to help these veterans achieve that sense of independence back” he said.
One solider has already benefited.
“We helped out a wounded marine, Ms. Erin Cobb. She was paralyzed from the mid-waist down” Norris stated. “It was pretty cool to talk to somebody you helped out and especially when you give them the ability to look people in the eye again especially after being in a wheelchair for a little while. It was definitely a rewarding experience” Norris says.
Wood for Warriors isn’t close to being finished not finished. Norris and the company has raised another $14,000 with sights set on $17,000 to help another wounded veteran with an action track wheelchair. Donations can be made to https://fundraising.semperfifund.org/fundraise?fcid=248521