Thanks to a grant from the Boeing Company’s Employees Community Fund, the Edmonds-based MS Helping Hands Donor Closet now has new steel shelving for its durable medical equipment and mobility equipment and the shop tools used for repairs.
The Donor Closet is a resource provided by MS Helping Hands, a non-profit organization that accepts and recycles equipment such as scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, hospital beds and shower benches to people who have been denied these items by Medicare, Medicaid, DSHH, insurance companies and other social services organizations, or who have fallen through the cracks in the social services system.
The new steel shelving replaces all the wooden shelving that was originally installed to hold various shop parts, tools and much of the medical and mobility equipment ready for recycling. According to MSHH President Bill Brayer, the wooden shelving was getting rickety and unsafe and needed to be replaced. Everything at the Donor Closet, located behind Petosa’s Family Grocer at 409 Howell Way, is now more visible and easy for clients to access.
Penny Klipfel, MSHH Vice-President of Planning and Development, spent many months working to obtain the Boeing grant and an equal amount of time negotiating with the shelving supplier, Brayer said. “Donor Closet volunteers, led primarily by Vel Smith, Dave Booth and Gene Borden with help of several other volunteers, did a fantastic job of putting it all together.”
Brayer said the Donor Closet will be hosting several open houses soon so the public can see the changes. Volunteers are always welcome at the facility, he said.