Wheelchair accessible van purchased through volunteer work at Affordables

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Front row, from left, Larry Elphic, Kim Birchmier, Michele Mabee, Betsy Warburton, Claudia Pauk, Shirley Stakey and Maripat Higgens; back row, from left, Jaci Edecker, Edith Cole, Tempest Kuykendall, Tim Kadolph, Denice Reisetter, Larry Reisetter, Dean Sampson, Lorna Hoversten and Nichelle Hall. Contributed photo

A fabulous group of hardy volunteers joined Bethany Life staff members Betsy Warburton, CEO, Larry Elphic, Foundation director, and Denice Reisetter, manager of Affordables, and braved the winter cold to pose with a ceremonial check for $50,000.

The $50,000 was made possible by merchandise sold at Affordables, a store that sells donated and new merchandise in Story City, with the money being used to purchase the wheelchair accessible van behind them.

As one of the Bethany Life “fleet vehicles” it will be used to get residents to and from doctors appointments, as well as get them out for desired shopping trips and other social activities.

Warburton, Elphic and Reisetter say thank you to the volunteers for staffing Affordables; the time they donate keeps the store operating, which raises money for Bethany Life’s residents’ needs.

Bethany Life is a nonprofit organization located in Story City, serving the aging community.

To learn more about Bethany Life, go to www.bethanylife.org, or to get more information on volunteering at Affordables, call (515) 733-5304 and ask for Denice Reisetter.