Thanks to a grant from the Thief River Falls Area Community Fund, a portable wheelchair swing is now available for use through the NorsKids Foundation.
The swing was first delivered in late June 2022 and within two weeks had its first user, Allison Jensen, 30, who has been in a wheelchair since childhood.
“Being able to see Allison swing again, like when she was a little girl, was so amazing,” said CoCo Jensen. “She always loved to swing and had not been able to swing for many years since she outgrew the harnessed, child-size swing seats.”
Allison had a fabulous time swinging and said, “I loved the swing!”
The NorsKids Foundation has made the swing available free of charge to businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies in the Thief River Falls School District and Pennington County that serve children and adults in wheelchairs.
“The portable wheelchair swing (is) another way that NorsKids Foundation can promote its mission of serving and providing social activities to disabled children and adults in our community,” NorsKids reported in its final grant report to the Thief River Falls Area Community Fund.
The NorsKids Foundation, founded in 2016, promotes social interaction and activities and mentoring programs in Thief River Falls for youth, veterans, senior citizens, disabled persons of all ages, and economically disadvantaged families.