Ferndale Lions Club donates wheelchair to Ferndale Public Library

Lions Club presents Library with new wheelchair 2018-03-07 l-r Lions Kathy McDevitt and Barbara DaCosta Librarian Sarah Koehler and Lions President Darby O'Neil
Ferndale Lions Club presents Ferndale Public Library with new wheelchair. (l-r) Lions Kathy McDevitt and Barbara DaCosta, Librarian Sarah Koehler and Lions President Darby O'Neil (March 7, 2018). Photo courtesy Ferndale Lions

According to Ferndale Public Library Manager Sarah Koehler, patrons who have a tougher time getting around the library have needed a wheelchair. Koehler said “We have had a walker for several years that is used regularly,” but there was not a wheelchair to offer. Ferndale Lions Club recently made a donation to take care of that.

A new wheelchair was donated to the Library by local Lions. Initially, Koehler said she had asked if a used wheelchair from the Lions warehouse might be available. But, when the idea was brought to the Ferndale Lions Club at one of their meetings, the idea to donate a new wheelchair came up.

Ferndale Lions Club member Nancy Knapp said the Club was looking to make a legacy donation to commemorate Lions Clubs International 100th year anniversary and saw this as the right opportunity. “The Library had asked for a used chair from the warehouse but we wanted to provide something more lasting,” Knapp said.

Koehler said the wheelchair will be used by patrons for getting around the library as well as for caregivers transporting a patron between the library and their vehicles. It could also be used during a medical emergency.