EDISON, N.J., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Leonard's® is a respected multi-channel marketer of health-related and other products, many of them for the elderly or physically challenged. Their pre-Thanksgiving donation came in the form of 68 Bobcat™ scooters. The scooters are a three-wheeled bit of magic for vets who served their country and now have mobility challenges. It was Dr. Leonard's® way of giving back, and giving thanks to brave men and women who have selflessly served their country.
A Worthy Cause
The process began when some employees at Dr. Leonard's®, led by employees Karen Gourley and vet Mike McGlynn, thought that veterans would be deserving recipients of the scooters. Next, Karen and her husband, William, contacted the VFW Post #2179 in Port Monmouth, N.J., to see if they could use the Bobcats.
Patrick Lipka, the VFW's Commander there, was definitely interested. He knew that some of his disabled brothers-in-arms could greatly benefit from the no-strings-attached donation. Dr. Leonard's® staffers coordinated with Commander Lipka to make the transfer happen on November 20, 2014.
The timing couldn't have been more meaningful, with the donation sandwiched between Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. A truck from the VFW pulled up outside the Dr. Leonard's® Edison warehouse, and team from Dr. Leonard's® -- led by McGlynn and fellow vet Larry Kraemer – worked hand in hand with VFW members -- including Bob Rush and Joe Lipka -- to load the 68 scooters.
The Bobcat™ scooters will be used to aid veterans from the Port Monmouth area and then be distributed, as needed, to other VFWs in the surrounding region.
The scooters, which Dr. Leonard's® sells online and through its catalogs (for a retail price of $699.99), will provide the vets with not only mobility, but a greater degree of independence and dignity.
Reactions to the Donation
"Dr. Leonard's® is extremely gratified that we could express our gratitude to America's brave heroes, as well as do our part to support our local community," said a Dr. Leonard's® representative Karen Gourley, Purchasing Manager, of the scooter donation.
"We're very excited to acquire these scooters for the vets, and they will be distributed as soon as possible to those in need," said Commander Lipka.
A Bond Created
The truckload of scooters represented a gesture of goodwill from one organization to another, but it also created a relationship between two groups of people. Now that the bonds between the VFW and Dr. Leonard's® have been forged, future donations of healthcare items to the veterans group are under consideration.
For more information, contact Donna Elliott, 732-225-0100 x625, Delliott@drleonards.com
The Bobcat™ Scooter
The three-wheel Bobcat™ electric scooter offers tremendous assistance to veterans or anyone who has difficulty getting around. Along with greater mobility, the scooter provides them with a new level of independence and confidence. The Bobcat™ is affordable, easy to handle, and comes with all the necessary safety and convenience features. Its retail price on DrLeonards.com is $699.99.
About Dr. Leonard's® Healthcare Corp.
Since 1980, Dr. Leonard's® Healthcare Corp. has been the leading multi-channel marketer of affordable health and personal care products including: dietary supplements, arthritis and pain relievers, and support and mobility aids. Over the years, they have expanded their product selection to include apparel, footwear and "As Seen On TV" items to better serve their vast customer base. In 2001, they launched www.DrLeonards.com, a premier shopping destination for customers looking for quality products and unprecedented savings. Dr. Leonard's® Healthcare Corp. also owns Carol Wright Gifts®.
About VFW Post #2179
VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post #2179 in Port Monmouth, N.J., is the largest VFW post in Monmouth County, N.J. It was established in June 1945 and is also host to American Legion 515. Post #2179 and Ladies Auxiliary is located at One Veterans Lane, Port Monmouth, and N.J. To learn more about the Port Monmouth VFW or to make a donation to help veterans, visit www.VFW2179.com.
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