We all got ready and headed to Ranquite (Ran-keet) to deliver four PET (Personal Energy Transport) Carts to selected individuals in need. Picture this, four PET carts all in boxes placed in the bed of a 5-6 foot truck while carrying 8 adults on top for about an hour drive. Three lucky team members road on the back of motorcycles. The PET Cart recipients are individuals are unable to walk, or walk well, or have no use of their lower body. In order to operate a PET Cart, the recipients must be able to demonstrate they can operate the hand crank and brake. Unfortunately, if they could not operate it, they were not able to receive it. But you know what, within minutes of arriving the team learned just how much of an impact this PET Cart delivery would be for not only the recipients, but the community as well. The team was fortunate enough to meet the four recipients, their families and the local Pastor and hear their stories as to how they became disabled.
The time came for the individuals to try their PET Carts out. It was a beautiful sunny day but the smiles on the individuals faces shined so much brighter! Their smiles were contagious and they only grew when they were given the gift of mobility. For some of them, it has been 10 years since they have been able to move on their own. The individuals took off down the street for their “test drive” with the community members running alongside of them, cheering them on the whole time. The emotions cannot be expressed.