PEORIA, Ill. — A Peoria organization is on a mission to change lives and generous donations from neighbors continue to make it possible.
Don Yarbrough and his wife Tanya run Veterans Helping Veterans. They refurbish old power chairs and gift them to people in need.
Last week, the non-profit made one man’s life a little easier. Yarbrough first heard of Gary White when he got a call from a friend.
White, who is disabled, was fishing with his family when his great-grandson fell into the lake. White wasted no time and jumped in to save him.
That bravery inspired Yarbrough to give white the next refurbished chair.
Since we shared this story with you a week ago, an influx of power wheelchairs have been donated to the organization.
Neighbors say they were moved by the act of kindness and felt compelled to contribute.
“I’m just grateful that because of you we were able to get him this chair and it’s going to enable a veteran or whoever can benefit from that instead of sitting in our basement,” electric wheelchair donor Nannette said.
“If people could help give donations to us for batteries we’d be [awfully] grateful. I can assure you this, every penny goes to batteries,” Yarbrough said.
Yarbrough said he is beyond grateful for everyone’s donations, but his greatest joy is witnessing the chairs change lives.
To give out more chairs he needs batteries. Electric wheelchairs need two batteries each to operate; batteries for a single chair could cost between $200 and $400. Yarbrough said he uses batteries from a company called Interstate All Battery Center.
If you are interested in helping Yarbrough continue to help others you can donate working batteries or contribute to the Veterans Helping Veterans Go Fund Me.
Nannette hopes Yarbrough can get everything he needs because of how much good he’s doing in the community.
“To see what he’s doing and he’s doing it for nothing, you know it’s a blessing it’s just a blessing and look at how many lives he’s going to tough, it’s pretty wonderful,” she said.