Wanchese Lions help disabled veteran vacationing in the area
Published 9:07 am Saturday, November 7, 2020
Lion Bob Walton, secretary of the Wanchese Lions Club, recently received a call from a Gail Ellis of Richmond, Va. She and her totally disabled veteran husband were coming to the Outer Banks for a week’s vacation and had rented a handicapped accessible house called Mermaid’s Pillow, but were in need of a hospital bed for Mr. Ellis.
Mrs. Ellis had called several durable medical equipment suppliers, but had been told they were not able to deliver beds due to COVID-19. She was referred to the Wanchese Lions Club by Dare County Home Health because they knew the club had medical equipment that it loans to people who need it.
“Although we do not normally deliver and set up hospital beds, after hearing Mrs. Ellis’s story we decided to make an exception in her case,” stated Walton.
After club members delivered and set up the hospital bed, they returned a week later to remove it. They also delivered a roll-in shower chair, which Mrs. Ellis later discovered that she needed.
“We felt this was the least we could do for a disabled veteran in need. After all the Lions Club motto is WE SERVE,” continued Walton.