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Seabeck man on a four-wheeled mission
Chuck Morris could easily feel sorry for himself, if only he could find the time. Hes too busy helping other people in his situation.
Morris, who has been wheelchair bound for more than a decade, operates Wheelchair Library For You, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency which collects, restores and loans out hospital equipment to those who need it.
He became wheelchair bound after he fell from a tree while trying to rescue a cat. He had no insurance, so he had to seek state assistance with the expenses.
Then he knew he had to give back more than he got.
Instead of seeing what I could get, I wanted to see what I could give, Morris said.
He began the Wheelchair Library in 1992 and estimates that, to date, he has helped about 10,000 people.
Wheelchair Library did have an office in downtown Bremerton from 1992-2000, but the operating expenses got to be too much, he said. To help pay the electricity bills, he used to sit out in front of the building and ask passerby for nickels and dimes. Now, the operation is run from his Seabeck home.
People think Im gone, but Im not, Morris said. He still gets about 60-70 referrals a month from county agencies and local health care practitioners.
The location is easy to spot, if only for the plethora of hospital equipment that has found its way to his front yard.
The operation works just like a library: Those who need the equipment sign it out, use it, then bring it back and sign it back in at no cost.
While he saves money by doing the restorations by himself and by operating out of his home, there are some costs associated with the organization. Equipment, tools and parts sometimes