Loan Closet awarded gift

ESCANABA – The Delta County Medical Equipment Loan Closet at St. Stephens Episcopal Church recently received a gift of $914 from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan’s Justice and Peace Committee.

“The ‘Loan Closet,’ as people in Delta County call us, continues to reach out as a light of Christ to our county,” said Loan Closet coordinator, Laura Woodworth.

According to Woodworth, individuals are able to borrow medical equipment items from the Loan Closet that are generally not covered by insurance. Items such as shower seats, tub transfer benches, walkers, four wheeled walkers with a seat, commodes, wheel chairs, and occasionally items such as gait belts, bed side rails, and special items such as wheel chair cushions.

“The Closet also helps people find funding for items they borrow because they need the item right now and use resource they didn’t realize they had to own such items in the future,” said Woodworth.

All items loaned are in good working order, brakes work, adjustment buttons work, etc., and are cleaned and sanitized between users. Some items are kept just for parts.

People are instructed how to adjust, safely use and clean and maintain the items they borrow. A $5 donation is asked for six months use, renewable as long as needed, however the fee may be waived.

Anyone who lives in Delta County is welcome to call about borrowing items as well as donating items. To borrow or to donate equipment, call St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 786-7970.