To most communities, meeting the needs of veterans is one thing on a long list of priorities. But veterans belonging to a nonprofit organization have been reaching out to students.
Project SOS-Support Our Soldiers, Inc., a charitable organization founded in August 2009, is dedicated to supporting and helping homeless and disabled veterans, even those who are serving overseas. The organization has been committed to providing all the help and assistance they can give to veterans, such as motorized wheelchairs for the disabled and clean water, food and clothing to the homeless.
Project SOS has already provided more than 200 motorized wheelchairs. Since many cannot afford power chairs, providing one so someone who needs one is very meaningful.
But a few years back, the organization turned its concern to the students at Lake Hills School. The veterans are still their top priority but they wanted to extend their help and support to these kids. In fact, the veterans in the organization are more than willing to help provide and meet the needs of the students.
Since 2011, Project SOS has enthusiastically devoted their support to Lake Hills School. They have already donated 16 motorized mobility chairs and several wheelchair lifts. These have greatly helped the students get around with ease and convenience. In addition to that, the organization provided a number of iPads with special communications software installed to help the kids communicate.
Gary Kadow, the organization’s executive director, stated that they take in a lot of different kinds of motorized wheelchairs. Unfortunately, the veterans cannot use some of them because the wheelchairs are built for kids with special needs. To make it useful, they refurbish the chairs and give them to the students right away.
And just recently, Project SOS donated another four power chairs and lifts to the school and its principal, Robin Meyers, is very happy and grateful. Meyers also stated that he could not find the words to describe the change he observes when a student receives his own wheelchair and gains the ability to communicate through the iPad.
To Meyers, the generosity, kindness and support of Project SOS has given their students a new level of freedom and independence. He further stated that some of the kids are not even able to move without being fully or completely reliant to another person, that is why the donations and gifts of the organization mean a lot to the students.
With Project SOS’ goal and mission, many received help and support, especially the veterans and those students at Lake Hills School. Their commitment and dedication to give and help others made the organization exceptional.