Greetings and happy
Free Wheelchair Mission has seen a few changes over the past few months and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store. One of those was the hiring of Mr. Reed Hartley to step into the role of Executive Director. He has vast experience working with nonprofits to help them expand their programs and help more and more people—I have no doubt that he will continue that success for FWM. Reed, along with our Development Director Angela Gomez and several volunteers, was in El Salvador last week giving out wheelchairs:
There were a couple of women that we met while we were in El Salvador who really touched my heart. One of them was Cindi—she was 92 years old and unable to walk. When we met her, she told us that her dream had always been “to have a wheelchair before [she] died.” I was taken aback to hear this. It seems like such a simple thing, and yet it was what Cindi had been waiting for her entire life. I was truly humbled to have played a part in making that come true. We also had the chance to meet Rosa, who lived with her mother in a former plantation that had been turned into a park and was home to a large community of people who had nowhere else to live. The park was some of the more extreme poverty we had seen, but it was here that Rosa lived with her mother who owned and operated a small stand where they sold fried masa and chicken. Rosa had a wheelchair at one point, but the terrain proved too harsh and it eventually broke down. Her mother explained that she was so excited with the wheelchair they received from FWM because it would be much better suited to handle the rough roads in their neighborhood and now Rosa could help her mother around their small business. I knew I was part of something amazing when I arrived at Free Wheelchair Mission, but to see how immediate the change was in the lives of the people who receive a wheelchair left me awed.
Reed’s stories are just a couple of the hundreds that were written in El Salvador last week. And you were the reason they could be written. As you go into the weekend know that you’ve made dreams come true and transformed lives by being a part of this mission. Thank you.