Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 8:48 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Era lends helping hand

I work at the Independent Living Center here in Homer. We have offices in Soldotna and Seward as well. One of our many services includes what we call the Community Closet through which we offer to people with varying levels and types of disabilities free use of mobility aids (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, ramps, etc.), bath aids (bath transfer benches and stools, shower chairs, grab bars), commodes and toilet safety frames, and many other useful items. Most of the equipment we attain for the Community Closet is graciously donated by people who no longer have a need for the items.

Between our three offices, we have accumulated an excess of many items. Because we would prefer that this inventory be in use, I contacted the various Native corporations throughout Alaska to see if they may have a need that we can fulfill.

Today, I shipped five walkers up to the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue via Era Aviation. While helping me prepare the package, Michael of Homer's Era was kind enough to suggest I call the Anchorage Office to inform them of our mission and request free transport for this and future shipments to Native villages. I did and they are. Thank you, Era Aviation. This is one of the many things that makes Alaska terrific.

Kim Burrows

Independent Living Center