Dad praised for building handicap-accessible snow fort

(Greg Eichhorn)
Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 at 7:39 PM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A local father is being called “awesome” and an “A-plus” dad after he built a handicap-accessible igloo for his kids to play in.

Everyday life is busy for the Eichhorns. Mom and dad head up a household made up of nine kids. All nine are adopted, and each has special needs.

This past weekend, Greg, his sister and the kids built a special snow fort.

“We built a bigger igloo -- one that had a handicap-accessible hole so Elijah and Zahara could experience it, because I did when I was a kid.” said Greg.

Greg’s friend shared a picture of it online. He originally wanted to show people how big it was. But soon, the icy tower melted people’s hearts.

Reddit users praised Greg’s family for their work to include people living with disabilities. One person called Greg and “A+ dad,” and another said they wished they had a dad like that when they were a kid.

Greg says they were just having fun.

“It didn’t feel like a big deal -- all of our kids, since they came from different places, we love adoption and kids with special needs, that kind of stuff," he said.

Greg says their home is a fallback for many kids with special needs. He hopes that if someone considering adoption sees their story, they will opens their heart and gets to experience what they have.

“Our family is getting kind of full and it would be great if people stepped up, took on the same roles and enjoyed the kind of joy that we do. Because yeah, we get a lot of joy out of life," Greg said.

Greg says a lot of people have reached out wanting to donate money to his family. But he’s asked them to give that money to local adoption agencies instead.

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