Wheelchairs given to needy residents in Thailand

At this, arguably the most popular seaside resort in Asia, the women of the Rotary Club of Junkseilon held a 30-wheelchair ceremony on Feb. 28 by coordinating with LDS Charities and the Bang Rak Rotary Club of Thailand. It was the fourth distribution LDS Charities has been involved with since the end of January, bringing the number of wheelchairs to 130.

With the elaborate stage decorations, the gorgeous flower arrangements, the sincere speeches and the crowd that gathers, these events touch our hearts and are forever etched in our memories.

The recipients arrive with faces lined with discouragement, dressed in simple clothing, and wait patiently to be recognized with their caretakers [many of whom] who have been worn down with constant work and frustration. Of course, recipients anticipate with relief and hope that these wheelchairs will enable them to sense the comfort of mobility and ease the burden of their caretakers. These souls with disabilities are living a difficult life without promise of a brighter future.

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