Kids' Wheelchair Scrub Club

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Lots of youth groups hold car washes, but some ‘tween volunteers add a new twist … providing VIP treatment for residents of assisted-living facilities. Reed Galin reports.

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(Locator: Tulsa, Oklahoma)

They can’t see forward, to know what it’s like to be 85 and in a wheelchair. But Peggy Asher can look back and remember what it’s like to be young.

Peggy Asher, 85-year-old: “I am impressed how they stayed with the job. Because sometimes kids work a little bit, they lose their enthusiasm. But you were so nice to come and we really appreciate you coming out.”

And that is why two dozen kids from Christ United Methodist Church in Tulsa are visiting senior homes with their buckets and sponges.

Troy Amos, Member, Christ United Methodist Church: “I just like helping out people. And I like washing stuff.”

This is the third residence they’ve been to, cleaning wheelchairs and walkers for seniors who have plenty of perspective.

Peggy Asher: “A lot of older people talk about young kids all going to the dogs. I know better than that because I’ve taught an awful lot of good kids.”

Perspective grows when you see things through others’ eyes. And with time.

Taylor Kellum-Webb, Member, Christ United Methodist Church: “We got to interact with them, talk to them. And they’re pretty interesting.”

Chyna Mayer, Member, Christ United Methodist Church: “I went in a lady’s room today and she showed me her garden. She was really nice to me.”

Susan Tindell, Staff, Christ United Methodist Church: “Get lots of soap on that.”

Children’s ministry director Susan Tindell wants her fifth and sixth graders to learn about being of service to others … and about others.

Susan Tindell, Staff, Christ United Methodist Church: “We’re not only going to wash the wheelchairs and the walkers, we’re going to visit to make recurring relationships.”

So, the children will come back … to wash, and learn.

Taylor Kellum-Webb: “When we first saw them, they didn’t look very happy. And they started talking and they got a big smile on their face.”

Peggy Asher: “Someday, if you ever have to use one of these, you’re all going to remember this day that you came out here and did it for us.”

Josh Smith, Member, Christ United Methodist Church: “The golden rule. ‘Do unto others.’ And when I get old, I’m going to want people to do the same thing.”


Youth leader Susan Tindell says the Scrub Club is the perfect community service opportunity for ‘tweens who are old enough to volunteer but too young for activities geared toward teenagers.

For more information about the Scrub Club, contact Christ United Methodist Church at 918-747-8601.

Also, see: Scrub Club kids wash wheelchairs, walkers

Posted: October 28, 2009