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The SCOOTER Store Donates Two Power Chairs for Senior Worshippers at Large Charlotte Church

Gift's 'Immediate Impact' Benefits Elderly Parishioners Who Struggle with Mobility

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a recent Sunday, a thundering applause filled the massive worship hall of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church as 1,500 members rose to their feet to celebrate The SCOOTER Store's ( donation of two power wheelchairs to their members. The congregation rejoiced because elderly parishioners could now maneuver around the sprawling church.

The power wheelchairs were donated from the company's "Gift of Mobility" program, which provides mobility equipment and assistance to those who do not have the resources or insurance coverage to purchase power wheelchairs and scooters. They were delivered by Chris Stegall, a Field Support Specialist at The SCOOTER Store.

"I'm encouraged to see the private sector responding to the real needs of people and not seeing that as inconsistent with the desire to make a profit," said Congressman Mel Watt (NC-12), when he learned about the donation.

Mt. Carmel, one of Charlotte's largest black churches, had recently relocated to a new, larger campus with a worship hall almost as big as a football field. The pastors noticed some senior citizens had mobility problems that stopped them from fully participating in the senior ministry. Fortunately, the new church was located near one of The SCOOTER Store locations.

On a whim, Pastor Reginald Barnes stopped by to see whether The SCOOTER Store could help. He recalled that store employees "jumped right on it," soon locating and delivering two power chairs. Since the delivery, the power chairs have been a "big help" to seniors who can now "participate in the Sunday service experience and Seniors Bible Study, and get to and from the Fellowship Hall where meals are served," noted Rev. Barnes.

Meanwhile, Senior Pastor Casey Kimbrough praised the "immediate impact the power chairs have made for senior members" who, he makes clear, "are all very thankful."

Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store, said, "Once we learned about the need at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, we knew we could help their seniors more fully experience their faith and church community. Every day we help hundreds of seniors and people with disabilities improve their mobility and live more fulfilling lives. We are happy to have this opportunity to make a difference."

Mr. Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people improve their quality of life by improving their freedom, independence and mobility. Since then, the outreach program has worked with organizations around the country to donate power wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs valued at more than $200,000 a year to individuals and community service organizations, enabling them to provide freedom and independence to people with limited mobility.

About The SCOOTER Store

Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more than 375,000 people with limited mobility. The company offers a full line of durable medical equipment, including power wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps, and accessories in 48 states, including Puerto Rico, with two locations in North Carolina. Our dedicated staff makes house calls on more than 10,000 homes every month to service people's power mobility needs. We have worked with more than 130,000 physicians, providing expertise and quality service to their patients, and our company is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

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    Communications Manager

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