BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - “I have been in a wheelchair all my life”
Jolaine Roberson is 11 years old and Tuesday, she received her first motorized wheelchair.
“I wanted this wheelchair so I don’t have to use my hands to roll my wheels,” she said. “I won’t have to use my wheels. I can go outside to play with my friends and my family.”
Wheels 4 Bakersfield has been taking donated, used equipment like canes and wheelchairs and refurbishing the items. They then donate it to Veterans and those with disabilities.
“It’s an incredible feeling that we get these donations and were refurbish the chairs and send the equipment back out to the public for their use to come back into the community,” Nicholas Blanchard, executive director of Wheels 4 Bakersfield, said.
Three people, including Jolaine, were the recipients of the donation at the Stockdale Moose Lodge.
“We’re here to present wheelchairs to three spinal bifida recipients, we are encouraging them to enjoy a better life,” Blanchard said.