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Al Boe, Founder of the
Wheelchair Warehouse

 

2010 Volunteer Staff Pin


Turn in at the Sign of the Lion.

 

Approaching the Wheelchair Warehouse ....


Wheelchair Warehouse seen from the air

 

... Depicted as a map





     The Wheelchair Warehouse
The public is served in the two-story half on the right.

The repair center is in the one-story half on the left.


Looking in ....

.... and looking out.



Every summer, the Al Boe Lions Wheelchair Warehouse provides equipment to be used at the Lynden Fair, where the Bellingham Central Lions Club has a booth just opposite the main entrance. Here Fair-goers can rent power scooters and chairs, manual chairs, and children's strollers. This service enables hundreds of people to enjoy the fair in comfort who would otherwise find it difficult to attend. The funds raised at this event are used to support the charitable activities of the Lions. Click here to see where the funds go.


A typical scene at the
Lions' Booth.

"Cruisers" congregate outside
the Lions' booth at
the Lynden Fair.


Enjoying the quilter's art.

 

Hooley lends a hand,
helping a gentleman
go out to his car.

 

 

 

 

Cruising for food
in a Lions' chair.




Lynden Fair, 2006.
The evening crowd at the
Lions' booth.

After the fair is over,
Johnson Team Real Estate helps
us move back to the Warehouse.



An early photo of the Warehouse taken sometime in the 1980s when it was located in downtown Bellingham. If you have any information about this photo or the early facility, please let us know. We would like to add your information the website.


The Wheelchair Warehouse was opened at its current location in 1991 upon the completion of what is now our repair center. This picture and those that follow were taken at the dedication of this facility. Here we see Lions from the Bellingham Central Lions Club and Multiple District 19 - primarily those who participated in creating and operating this facility during its first decade.


Ribbon Cutting. PP Al Boe holds the ribbon at the left and PP Bruce Ayres snips it at the right.

PP Bruce Ayres, who was also a County Supervisor, shares his thoughts on the significance of the Warehouse to the County.

From left to right, PP Bruce Ayers, PP Dave Jones, Jack Hovde, and Wayne Weed, all of whom played an important part in the creation of the Warehouse.


Dave Jones,
who managed the Warehouse after Al Boe retired from that position, offers a Lion's service perspective.

 

The Rev. Lion Len Erickson reads out a letter of commemoration.



Who uses the Wheelchair Warehouse? The hospital routinely refers patients having knee, hip and ankle operations. Institutions such as churches and clinics. The elderly with a host of mobility problems. The disabled. If you can come or send someone to the Warehouse, we will help you.


At the Senior Center in B'ham
A lady of a certain age uses one of our chairs so she can meet with friends and get around town.

 

A young man waits patiently in one of our chairs while we work to repair his specialized chair.


Don explains chair adjustments.

 

A tough gentleman who has lived hard and is adapting to the consequences.


A young athlete who won't be competing for a while.

 

A dapper gentleman familiarizes himself with a walker under the watchful gaze of his wife.


Sports chairs for athletes. That's our own Capt. Crash on the left.

Darrell asseses the needs of a gentleman seeking help
for his wife.


Trying out a four-wheel walker.

 

One of our clients describes her experience at the Wheelchair Warehouse for the media.


Leonard helps someone over the phone.

 

Roy loads a wheelchair into a client's car.



Wheelchair Warehouse Missions. The Warehouse supports missions in other countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Ethiopia. In El Salvador, we have partnered with other Lions to provide eye clinics and to support medical facilities and a school for the blind.


Loading a truck load of material bound for Guatemala.

 

Lions on our El Salvador mission giving medical equipment & supplies to a clinic.


Guatemala truck fully loaded.

Cascade Ambulance truck loaded with WCW supplies and bound for Honduras to be converted into a mobile clinic.



Outreach. How does the community know about us? We do get a certain amount of regular publicity via the press and, of course, we have our website. But, in reality, most people find us through referrals and word of mouth. St. Joseph Medical Center and a variety of other providers refer patients to us. We also participate a wide variety of outreach events. The picture above shows the Harborview Lions having a picnic lunch at the Warehouse. A number of our regular volunteers are now Harborview Lions.


Capt. Crash visits care givers at a health fest in Maple Falls.

Darrell describes our services to a health provider at the B'ham Senior Center.


A generous write-up in the Bellingham Herald.

 

Capt. Crash accepts a community service award from an assisted living facility.


And, of course, we participate in the Ski to Sea Parade every year.






 

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