Man Restores And Donates Power Wheelchairs From His Own Wheelchair
February 26, 2019
Bill Waldschmidt spent his career working as an engineer for Thermo King and used to spend his free time doing what he loved - restoring and repairing classic cars in his auto shop. The Minnesota man contracted Polio when he was just four and spent much of his life on crutches, but 10 years ago, his symptoms returned andPost-polio syndromeput Bill in a wheelchair.
Being in his own set of wheels meant he couldn’t work on the Firebirds and Camaros anymore, but Bill started refurbishing power wheelchairs instead. He’s fixed up dozens of them and then he gives them away to people who need one but can’t afford to buy it. Being able to deliver a life-changing wheelchair to someone and see how much it improves their life has fueled his passion. Now Bill says he gets more satisfaction from the wheelchairs than he did restoring cars.
“Life has been really good to me,” Bill says. “So, I’ve got to pass it on.”
Source: KARE 11
VCR Bought On eBay Helps Elderly Man Relive “Lifetime Of Memories”
If you’ve still got an old VCR stuck in the top of a closet, you probably don’t think much of it, but for a man who recently bought on on eBay, it was the best purchase ever.Matt Shoukrysold the outdated electronics device to an 86-year-old man only identified asDon, who was so happy with the VCR, he wrote a thank you note.
Don’s letter to his eBay seller explains that getting the VCR has allowed him to watch old VHS tapes he hadn’t seen in years and relive old memories. He tells Matt he watched a video of his retirement party, which he had never seen before, and a tape of his wedding, which had a lot of friends and family that aren’t around anymore.
"Then skiing trips, kids growing up, travels, and most importantly the gentle maturing of my family, each one more fun than the last, all thanks to your generous selling of the VHS player,” the letter reads. “I thought you would appreciate how much someone has enjoyed your offer. Best regards, Don."
Matt says he was surprised to get the letter, but now he’s planning to write Don back to offer to digitize his VHS tapes for him.
Source: Inside Edition
Deputies Babysit For Fellow Officer Finishing Shift
Deputies with a South Carolina Sheriff’s office went above and beyond the call of duty recently to help their colleagues. WhenCoreyandJenn Chadwick, a married couple who both work as law enforcement officials in Greenville County, were both scheduled for late-night shifts, so they couldn’t pick up their baby from daycare.
But Corey’s platoon at the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office were happy to step in and help, picking up babyReaganand bringing him back to their offices while mom and dad finished their shifts. Jenn says her husband’s department and platoon are one of a kind and have been there for the family since Day 1. Corey agrees and adds that “there aren’t enough words to express our gratitude.”
“Law enforcement is a brotherhood,” reads a post on the Greenville County Sheriff’s OfficeFacebook page, which includes photos of several deputies changing, feeding and holding the little boy. “We back each other up in more ways than one.”
IKEA Creates Remote-Controlled Boats That Collect Trash From Polluted Rivers
IKEA is helping to clean up the planet, one river and lake at a time. The Swedish furniture company has designed a remote-controlled boat that can clean up garbage floating in waterways. The boats are even modeled after their Good Ship IKEA bath toy boats.
Each of these cleaner boats weighs 150 pounds, is 10 feet long, and can remove up to 44 pounds of trash at a time. A pair of them were recently launched into Deptford Creek in London to tidy up and celebrate the opening of a new store nearby. Trash collected from the creek is being turned into a sculpture that will be displayed in IKEA’s new Greenwich store.
Source: Good News Network