All finished at the Caritas Warehouse!

Today we truly saw the fruits of our labor last December, when Sammie, Kate Barrett and I painstakingly selected wheelchairs at Hope Haven and labeled each chair with a tag including a child’s name and home community. We then left matching labels to be put on each box containing 2-3 wheelchairs. The result – boxed chairs that are labeled on the outside with their destination and proposed new owner. Kudos to Sammie for coming up with this brilliant idea! As a result, we are now done with the formerly 2-3 day job of sorting equipment in the warehouse after only 1 1/2 days. In fact, it would have been less had the warehouse been less crowded so that we could access our load more easily – we actually spent a good deal of down time waiting.

Representatives from all organizations receiving equipment were present today. While the wheelchairs were all boxed and ready to go, there was a large amount of therapy and rehabilitation equipment to be divided. By 5:30 this afternoon, two huge trucks had been loaded with all the equipment for Yancana Huasy and several smaller groups. Tomorrow morning a large truck will arrive to transport chairs and equipment to Arequipa for Equip KIDS, where we will be working next week. I felt a huge sense of relief to hand responsibility for the equipment over to others! Now we will just have the fun of doing some training and fitting some of it.

Sammie and Mary Beth confer about the best way to disassemble a patient lift for easier loading on the truck.

Sammie and Mary Beth confer about the best way to disassemble a patient lift for easier loading on the truck.

Strong arms and backs required for loading! And it was hot...

Strong arms and backs required for loading! And it was hot…

The truck heads out with a precious cargo.

The truck heads out with a precious cargo.

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