Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Local nonprofit donates all-terrain, custom, wheelchairs to veterans

Eric Wooten reconnected a few years ago with a buddy from the Marine Corps, and together, they're creating an opportunity for disabled veterans to enjoy the beach. Wooten founded Other Side of the Dunes, a nonprofit based in St. Petersburg, and raises money to buy and donate custom-built, all-terrain wheelchairs. Chance Blaker, his old friend, builds them in Foley, Ala. So far, they've donated 11 chairs, which feature balloon tires that ride comfortably on sand. They plan to donate two more next year. Each time they give one away, Wooten said, he gets goosebumps, watching people enjoy a simple pleasure that they'd been cut off from. "We want it to be something that it might not be able to heal your body, but our idea is we are going to try to help heal the mind." -- Chris Urso, Times photographer

See video at

Local nonprofit donates all-terrain, custom, wheelchairs to veterans 11/10/17 [Last modified: Friday, November 10, 2017 10:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2018 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Clearwater City Council candidate Hoyt Hamilton: Experience is key for critical next term


    CLEARWATER — By asking voters to elect him into office a fifth time, Hoyt Hamilton knows he's now considered part of the old-guard.

  2. Clearwater City Council candidate John Funk: City needs better planning


    CLEARWATER — Voters may not be too familiar with the name John Funk.

  3. Inside American Stage's plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people



    An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated the set of A Raisin in the Sun, opening Jan. 26 at American …

  4. After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down


    ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.

  5. Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

    Real Estate

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.