Remembering Those More Vulnerable

Many of the children in our country living with physical disabilities are in wheelchairs that no longer fit their age due to the cost burden of acquiring new ones. That’s where the good work being done by the Kids Equipment Network comes in — providing the right size chair, the right fitting, at the right time. Every day, Kids Equipment Network volunteers are helping lift the financial burden from these family’s shoulders and returning the smile on a special needs’ child’s face. COVID-19 hit the Kids Equipment Network very hard last year — both financially and in losing their wheelchair storage facility. Although it was a tough year for travel businesses as well, Travelon CEO Don Godshaw quickly stepped up and provided the group with 45-foot storage containers and the proportionate parking space to hold them. Don then opened up Travelon’s headquarters to the organization so children could come there, receive a new wheelchair, or replace the one they have outgrown, and receive a proper fitting. This year Don also made a $10,000 donation to Adaptive Adventures (adventure programs for adults with physical disabilities), which an associate matched. Both donations were matched by yet another donor for a $40,000 gift, giving the organization some much needed help.