YMCA receives golf cart donation

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019

By JOYANNA LOVE /Senior Staff Writer

The YMCA of Chilton County recently celebrated the donation of a golf cart to be used during summer camp.

Allen Caton had heard about the need from Joseph Parnell and had an extra golf cart.

Caton said he had bought the golf cart about two years ago from a family needing to sell it to have money for funeral expenses.

When Caton tried to sell it later, after adding a windshield and rearview mirror, there were not really any buyers.

He said usually golf carts sell really quickly.

“God has a plan,” Caton said. “It was just meant for me to buy that golf cart to help that family, and then give this golf cart to the Y to help this family.”

Y director Lori Patterson said the golf cart is used to transport students with physical disabilities  to the different activity areas during summer camp.

“During our summer camp program we are very active,” Patterson said. “We go to the pool. We go to the pavilion. We go to the tennis courts. Some of them that have difficulty walking, it is used if we are far away from our main campus and a child needs to be checked out … we have been using it to go pick up that child and transport them back here.”

Patterson said she had been trying for over a year to get a golf cart for the program.

“This year we have more children in the program that have physical disabilities,” Patterson said. “We have used it a lot already.”

After the gift of the golf cart, additional community members came in to make donations for upgrades. Patterson said David McKinney, Mickey Bates, Wade Connell, Bear Newton, Joseph Parnell and Howell’s Small Engines contributed to the upgrades.

Caton said Howell’s Small Engines did all of the work for free.