If you are like me, when you hear the name Dori, you immediately think of the Disney movie where the little fish said, “Hi, my name is Dori!”. Well, this has nothing to do with Disney…or a fish.
The other day, I stopped at a gas station to get a Gatorade and bottle of water. I was wearing my Mission Mobility t-shirt that says, “Got wheelchairs?” Well, it had the desired effect. I heard a woman ask, “What does your t-shirt mean?” I turned around and saw a woman pointing at my shirt. I introduced myself, and she said her name was Dori. When I explained that I collected wheelchairs for Guatemala, she enthusiastically said, “I can help! I’m a dumpster diver!!!” She asked if I had a card. She said she had another friend who dumpster dives all the time and finds wheelchairs and walkers, and always wonders if there is a better thing to do with them than throw them away. I gave her one of my Mission Mobility cards I had made and she was excited.
As I was leaving the store, she came up to me and told me here story of how she got to Louisville. Emotionally, it was a hard story to hear, as she has had a very difficult life. I felt like I was in Guatemala hearing one of the many family stories we hear when we visit. I asked her if she wanted my new bottle of water. She said she definitely would love it since she was really thirsty.
As I walked away, she said, “Hey, do you ever contact scrap yards? They probably get a lot of wheelchairs.” That was a great idea. Actually, I have been told that by Rick Fulton. Must be good advice…Dori agreed with him! 🙂
Even in the midst of her difficult life, Dori was trying to find a way to help other people. I am thankful God brought her into my path. It all happened because I was wearing a t-shirt that asked a simple question…”Got wheelchairs?” Maybe we should wear these every day!!!
Dios te Bendiga,