Gifts of mobility

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Volunteers in Goshen cut vinyl for carts headed to developing countries

Mobility Worldwide, a nonprofit based in Missouri, has sent more than 65,000 mobility carts to people in developing countries who can’t walk.

Several thousand of those, since mid-2015, included vinyl cut by volunteers in Goshen, Indiana.

Bek Linsenmeyer started the Goshen effort to help provide dignity and mobility to people like a girl Bek saw in Africa years ago. The girl dragged herself along the ground because she couldn’t walk.

Bek and her husband, Dean, visited one of 26 workshops that build Mobility Worldwide carts. That night, they ran into a friend who offered to donate marine-grade vinyl from a boat factory for covering mobility cart seats.

So Bek got to work, finding a building owner willing to donate space to aid the cause. Bek and 10-12 other volunteers cut vinyl and ship it to affiliates that build the carts.

She hopes that eventually, the Goshen group will be able to build the entire carts. Anyone interested in helping may contact Bek at (574) 537-0608 or bdlinsenmeyer@msn.com.