Linda has many reasons to smile. She has a brand new motorized scooter and, with him, a new sense of freedom.
"I could not ask for more, that saved my life," said the 72-year-old.
Linda suffers from knee pain as long as she remembers. It's so bad that she can not even walk alone.
Because of her limited budget, she was stuck for years with an unreliable old wheelchair. Until she meets Kelli Casto, whose non-profit organization "Saving Our Seniors" provides used medical equipment to elderly people in need.
"Sometimes they just need some help, but they can not afford it, so we're going to provide it," Casto told FOX 13.
As an occupational therapist, Mr. Casto sees first-hand the challenges of older people with limited resources.
"I just saw a need, every time I unload a patient he would not be able to pay for the medical equipment," she said. "Before that, I was buying equipment alone or I was participating in an exchange with other therapists."
Casto began saving our elders two years ago and has already helped 700 people age comfortably at home.
"I just want to make people happy.I want them to age safely and not have to go to an accommodation center.I want them to stay home and prosper." "she said.
Casto relies on the help of the community and hosts donations at a Clearwater warehouse. Until now, she has collected over 3,000 items, ranging from medical equipment to hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers.
"You come in and you provide a senior wheelchair and they are so happy and grateful," Casto said.
Ask Linda. her new wheels allow her to do the things that she likes the most.
"I can go to bingo, which is very important, and I can talk to my neighbors and my friends," said Linda.
And for that, Linda will always be grateful.
"I do not know how to thank her, I would never have been able to afford it, I could never have had one if it was not for her," she said. . "I can help it now, it's my goal."