Blind brothers refuse to quit
By JAMIE PATTERSON
While many people are waking up to the sound of their alarm clocks, the Gainwell brothers are already on a bus headed from Yazoo City to their jobs in Jackson.
They never complain, and they’re never late. They understand how important it is to have a job during such hard economic times.
But for them, having a job is not only a blessing. It is an opportunity to show the world they can work just like anybody else.
All three brothers are legally blind. And they have shattered all misconceptions that they can’t put in a hard day’s work and make meaningful contributions.
David, Jessie and Walter Gainwell have held successful jobs with Mississippi Industries for the Blind for the past several years. When many doors began to close for them as they struggled with macular degeneration, MIB provided an opportunity for them to prove their worth in the work force.
“I don’t have to sit at home everyday,” Jessie said. “I can come here and go to work, and I’m responsible for myself. Nobody has to wait on me. It just feels good getting up every morning and coming to work here.”
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