Seeking volunteers to help those with disabilities get mobility back

The MSHH Donor Closet provides medical and mobility equipment to people for a minimum suggested donation.
The MSHH Donor Closet provides medical and mobility equipment to people for a minimum suggested donation.

We received the following information from MS Helping Hands, which operates the Donor Closet in downtown Edmonds:

There are any people who are doubly disabled because they don’t have the resources for the medical and mobility equipment they desperately need to go on with their lives. They are loved ones, spouses, children, parents, brothers or sisters and lifelong friends who don’t have the insurance, Medicare or savings to pay for the things they need especially when they find out how expensive some of these items can be.

For these people, the MSHH DONOR CLOSET in Edmonds is a godsend. The vast majority of the items they offer were donated. Volunteers refurbish scooters, wheelchairs, walkers and every imaginable piece of medical and mobility equipment.

Special emphasis is given to support those with MS; but all of the medical and mobility equipment is available to anyone, no matter what their particular disability may be, for a suggested minimum donation that is nearly always substantially lower than the cost of new equipment. The amount that people donate covers the cost to operate and provides limited financial aid to support persons with multiple sclerosis in Washington state.

MSHH and its Donor Closet are a non-profit charity started by Bill Brayer and a small group of dedicated volunteers in 1999. One of the very first volunteers to sign up was Bob Chisholm, “When I first learned about the Donor Closet, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. Since then, it has become the place to go for medical and mobility equipment for anyone with limited resources.”

Now they are looking for a few more civic-minded people to assist them in helping to serve an ever increasing need. Of particular interest are persons with time on their hands who have mechanical and electrical skills to assist with repairs of power wheelchairs and scooters, volunteers who can drive to pick up and deliver equipment, people to clean equipment and volunteers who can learn to assist people with selecting the equipment they need. No previous training is required.

“It is incredibly satisfying to meet people who are now disabled – who can no longer comfortably do what we have all taken for granted. And then, 20 minutes later watch that same person go out the door with equipment that will give them back some of the mobility and ability they need to feel alive again,” said MSHH President Richard Marin.

The Donor Closet is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 409 Howell Way, Edmonds, WA. Those who may now be retired and/or are looking for something meaningful to do with their spare time are asked to contact Richard Marin at 425-778-3762, Gene Borden at 425-712-1807 or Jan Vance at 425-712-1804.

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