Independent Life Center hosts fund-raiser


The Independent Life Center kicked off its "giant stuff sale" for the fourth year today in its continued effort toward buying a wheelchair-accessible van.

The organization is selling anything residents donate for the cause, outside of clothes.

"All the money we make goes toward the wheelchair-accessible van fund," said Loid Luscomb, office manager for the Independent Life Center. "Right now we have craft items, typewriters, color TVs, computer keyboards and monitors, shelves, office supplies a little bit of everything."

The center is working toward buying a large, wheelchair-compatible van to provide transportation for therapy, errands or any other needs for disabled residents.

Luscomb said a new van would cost more than $33,000, but a used van would cost about $10,000. The center would lease the van to Diamond Cab to operate as part of the company's fleet with transportation provided only to those who qualify.

The rate charged each user would differ based on an income rating, and the center's City Market Cares Program, which yields approximately $2,500 to $3,000 annually, would finance the lower income users, according to the center.

The Independent Life Center has $6,500 in its wheelchair-accessible van fund. The organization is also applying for grants and soliciting support from service clubs, Luscomb said.

The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the County Mall building at the intersection of Fourth Street and Ranney Street. The event will run from 8 to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the same location.

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