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.