By: Portlight , 7:40 AM GMT on January 28, 2013
Our first truckload of medical equipment, driven by volunteer Thomas Hudson, arrived in Toms River, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 23rd. The equipment was offloaded into our warehouse space, and delivery began later that day.
Our volunteers' first stop was at the home of Miss Lu, a wonderful new friend of ours. Miss Lu is very well known in her community, and she's excited to be getting back out amongst her friends and neighbors. Our project manager, Steve Major, is giving some serious thought to applying flame decals to her new "hotrod"!
The following day, we delivered a new scooter to the home of a lovely lady, known throughout her town as "The Witch", because for years, she dressed up and entertained the local trick-or-treaters as they visited her home on Halloween. When our volunteers politely turned down the tip she offered them, she generously donated a stack of hand-knitted baby blankets, entrusting us to find each of them a good home.
On Saturday, Steve Major spent his birthday in New York City, where he delivered a brand new wheelchair to Faith, who we learned about on Friday evening. Her chair was destroyed as a result of the storm, and she'd been struggling to get around ever since. We're pretty sure Faith was thrilled with her new chair, and Steve says the smile on her face was part of a GREAT birthday!
We are strengthening our network of volunteers, gaining access to materials and supplies, all of which will help us continue our outreach in New Jersey. They are so far behind the rest of the areas affected by the storm, and the needs are so very great. We'll be sharing more stories with you in the coming days, and we hope you'll consider helping in any way that you can.
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts!
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