When caretakers of Clanton resident Mary Riggins mentioned she was in need of a lift chair to help with mobility, members of the community stepped up to help. Riggins (center) is pictured with Bridgette  Dillard, Anne Taddicken, Lloyd Thrash, Willie Donalley and Malinda Smiley.
When caretakers of Clanton resident Mary Riggins mentioned she was in need of a lift chair to help with mobility, members of the community stepped up to help.
Riggins (center) is pictured with Bridgette Dillard, Anne Taddicken, Lloyd Thrash, Willie Donalley and Malinda Smiley.

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Community donates lift chair to elderly woman

Published 11:20am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When caretakers of Clanton resident Mary Riggins mentioned she was in need of a lift chair to help with mobility, members of the community stepped up to help.

“This has been a group effort and a good time to show how everyone comes together in our community to help others,” said Volunteer Services Manager for Gentiva Hospice Anne Taddicken.

Riggins, 87, has limited mobility and needed a med-line lift chair, to help with moving around her home.

“Her caretakers needed a way to help her move around and a lift chair is really good for that,” Taddicken said. “The chair goes up and down to help those sitting get in and out of the chair without having to be lifted into the chair.”

Lloyd Thrash with Godbee Medical donated a used lift chair to Riggins, and Grace Fellowship Church donated funds to cover the cost for the remote that controls the chair.

“This is a great reminder to people that they might have items others can use,” Taddicken said. “People might have walkers or wheelchairs or other items they are no longer using and it could benefit others in our community.”

Riggins said she has lived in Clanton all of her life and was thankful to be given the chair.

“It means a lot,” Riggins said. “It is very nice.”

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