‘I’m going to keep going’: Father builds desks for remote learning families

Parents are juggling a lot in 2020 with remote learning and new schedules.When one family in Omaha, Nebraska began learning online, a dad started filling a need, not only for his children but for others in the neighborhood as well.Marcus Holley has been spending a lot his time building lately. It all started when he realized learning from home meant he’d have to learn something too.”I went to YouTube and I said ‘how do you make a desk,'” he explained.Minutes later, he was hard at work. Once his kids had desks, he went to work for others.”A lot of people like ‘can I get one'” Holley said.Knowing the struggles many families are going through, the father of three said it was tough to turn people down. “When I ran into that, I was in a crossroads. Either I stop or I keep going. So I slept on it and I said ‘I’m going to keep going,'” Holley explained.He was barely charging enough to cover supplies when something happened that changed everything.”I had an anonymous donor give me a thousand dollars,” he said. Now he’s able to keep building without charging families a dime. Desk after desk, he’s donating his time and a desk to a child in need.”I got a real soft spot for kids,” Holley said. He’s motivated by the memory of a child he’ll never send to school.”I lost a son in 2008. He was three-years-old, so this is kind of in honor of him,” Holley said.For his other children, it’s a way of teaching by example.”Do good, help people. I feel like you ain’t lived until you helped somebody,” Holley said.A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the expenses of building desks. Click here to learn more.

Parents are juggling a lot in 2020 with remote learning and new schedules.

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When one family in Omaha, Nebraska began learning online, a dad started filling a need, not only for his children but for others in the neighborhood as well.

Marcus Holley has been spending a lot his time building lately. It all started when he realized learning from home meant he’d have to learn something too.

“I went to YouTube and I said ‘how do you make a desk,'” he explained.

Minutes later, he was hard at work. Once his kids had desks, he went to work for others.

“A lot of people [were] like ‘can I get one'” Holley said.

Knowing the struggles many families are going through, the father of three said it was tough to turn people down.

“When I ran into that, I was in a crossroads. Either I stop or I keep going. So I slept on it and I said ‘I’m going to keep going,'” Holley explained.

He was barely charging enough to cover supplies when something happened that changed everything.

“I had an anonymous donor give me a thousand dollars,” he said.

Now he’s able to keep building without charging families a dime. Desk after desk, he’s donating his time and a desk to a child in need.

“I got a real soft spot for kids,” Holley said.

He’s motivated by the memory of a child he’ll never send to school.

“I lost a son in 2008. He was three-years-old, so this is kind of in honor of him,” Holley said.

For his other children, it’s a way of teaching by example.

“Do good, help people. I feel like you ain’t lived until you helped somebody,” Holley said.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the expenses of building desks. Click here to learn more.