Chainsaw wood carver uses talents to help 3-year-old girl

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WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa.-- When you walk through the York Fair you might hear Paul Waclo's booth before you ever see it. He is a chainsaw woodcarver.

"This is a labor of love," Waclo said. "I've always said if you love something find a way to get paid to do it and you don't work."

For the last few years, he's been selling his wood carvings at the York Fair.

"This is my third year at the Fair," he said. "The first year was still a hobby."

"We've always stopped and watched him carve the wood and stuff and never knew who he was," Dakota Klein of Dallastown said.

Well now, he is learning who Waclo is.

"They were talking about it and wanted to raffle off one of his pieces for her," Klein said.

Her, being the he and Courtney Eichelberger's daughter Serenity, who suffers from an unknown condition.

"They're not quite sure what it is but they know it's a chromosome disorder," Klein said.

Which he said causes sight, hearing, walking issues, and almost no verbal communication. Klein said here specialists have never seen a case like this before.

"She says mom and hi, and that's about the extent of the words she can get out," he said.

With these issues, Serenity needs equipment that makes it hard to travel in the two family cars.

"When we take her places now, we kind of have to pick and choose what pieces go with her, and it would be kind of nice to just throw everything in the vehicle and have everything there with her," Klein said.

Klein said he and Eichelberger are saving to get a van to carry everything. He and Eichelberger don't like to ask for help but this time they said they needed to reach out to the community.

"My daughter Claire told me about Serenity and told me about Serenity's situation, and I was immediately taken by that and thought I would love to help," Waclo said.

At his booth sits a fundraiser raffle to help pay for that van. One of his eagle sculptures was the prize. Once, Waclo met Serenity, he realized why he wanted to help.

Prior to this, the family and Waclo never met. He said he couldn't believe how generous people were with the raffle.

"People are reaching well into their wallets and I'm just blown away by the generosity that I've seen," Waclo said.

"There's no words as to how this makes us all feel," Klein said.

According to Waclo $2,800 was raised to help the family before the raffle drawing on Saturday night.

If you would still like to help the family, go to their GoFundMe page.


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