When you donate medical equipment to Goodwill Easterseals, thousands of people benefit each year. In 2019, 3,000 people were provided with free medical equipment such as walkers, canes, bath benches, wheelchairs, and many more needed items.
We recently received an email from Dennis Fell, PT MD, who is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physical Therapy at The University of South Alabama, who sent the following story we wanted to share:
“The University of South Alabama Department of Physical Therapy, in conjunction with Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama, does a mission/service trip to provide medical and rehab care to underserved populations in a country in the Carribean or Central America each December. The past three years, a team of 35-60 volunteers including students in PT, OT, PA, RN and MD programs at the University of South Alabama along with supervising licensed professionals in each discipline have gone to Playa Azul, Costa Rica, and set up medical/rehab clinics in rural villages with decreased access to the healthcare that is available.
“In 2017, a young boy named Moses came with his Mom to one of the clinics (she was being seen as a patient). When asked about the child, she responded “That is Moses, he doesn’t walk”, but she wasn’t intending for him to get treatment. He had not walked since birth. The PT/OT team offered to evaluate him, and determined that he did have sufficient strength in his legs to stand with assistance, but he lacked control and coordination.
“The team had a small adult rolling walking that had been donated for the trip by Goodwill Easterseals along with other braces and assistive devices for use in the mission. The team taught the mom how to supervise his home ambulation with the walker and exercises to increase his leg strength, coordination, and control; and he went home with the walker. He returned to the 2018 and 2019 clinics and was still using the walker for his personal mobility in the home. Many other patients have benefited from the equipment donated by Goodwill Easterseals and USA and CMMSA are very grateful for the ongoing donations.”
Once again, our lifestyle blogging friend, Sheena, turned a Goodwill find into something truly magical. She REALLY makes us want to redecorate every surface in our homes thanks to her fun, creative, and THRIFTY ideas. Check out her newest find and how she gave it a better life over on her blog!
by Caroline Weishaar, Goodwill Easterseals Volunteer
Decorating an apartment can be expensive! Thankfully, Goodwill Easterseals has low cost, like – new furniture and décor available for purchase at all of their stores! That’s right, Goodwill Easterseals has more than just clothes. I went back to my local store to prove how easy and inexpensive room decoration can be!
I was shocked by how large the selection of home décor was! I was immediately drawn to a beautiful living room side -table. It looked as if it had plenty of room for storage and was in good condition. The side table cost only $7.48 and would be a great addition to any home!
As I walked through the store, I discovered Goodwill Easterseals’ large collection of vases! They have all shapes and sizes. You can find any style of vase you need to dress up a bedroom or living room with flowers or the decorative item of your choosing! It can be fun to get creative and fill vases with glass balls or small trinkets! At the low price of $1.91 you can buy a vase for every room!
Another pro tip is to look at Goodwill Easterseals’ collection of lamps! This is also a large section of the store similar to the vases. I was pleased to find many modern black lamps as well as two fun lamps that would add creativity to any space! You can purchase all of these for only $8.98 and make a dark apartment look bright and fun!
recommend checking out their selection of mirrors! If you want to place a large
accent piece on a blank wall a mirror could add class and character to the
room! I found a beautiful gold mirror for only $19.91 and a nice white mirror
with picture frame above it for only $9.99! Digging through the mirrors is
worth it because you never know what hidden gem you will find! Thank you to
everyone who supports Goodwill Easterseals though donating, shopping or
volunteering at one of our many programs!