SunPorch of Dodge City Recycles for Bus

SunPorch of Dodge City Recycles for Bus

Danny McDowell, SunPorch of Dodge City elder, helped start an aluminum-can recycling project. Proceeds go to the Better Bus Fund.
Danny McDowell, SunPorch of Dodge City elder, helped start an aluminum-can recycling project. Proceeds go to the Better Bus Fund.

May 2019 • Contact: Debbie Allen, 620-227-7512 •

The staff and elders at SunPorch of Dodge City are combining forces to raise funds for a much-needed bus that can accommodate more transportation needs, said Gina Salmans, activity director.

         The short- and long-term-care residence recently began collecting aluminum cans for recycling, with proceeds earmarked for the Better Bus Fund.

         “Cans are being collected now and we are looking into other recyclables such as cardboard, plastic and glass,” Salmans said. “Yes, we need money for a bus but this project also benefits the environment today and in generations to come.”

         While SunPorch representatives are “excited to do our part, we also seek the community’s help,” Salmans commented.

         Financial gifts may be donated to the SunPorch of Dodge City Better Bus Fund, 501 W. Beeson, Dodge City, Ks. 67801. Donors may send a check by mail or stop by the office. Since SunPorch is a 501c3 non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible.

         The family of Loreen Pruett, who was a long-time SunPorch resident, established a memorial to the Better Bus Fund.

         “That memorial fund in Loreen’s honor enabled us to make our first move forward,” said Debbie Allen, marketing and community liaison. “We greatly appreciate her family’s generosity.”

         Even though SunPorch hasn’t been able to buy the bus yet, it recently purchased a 2002 Dodge 3500 van with a wheelchair lift at a greatly reduced cost, Allen said, noting minor repairs were made and the van will be painted.

         “We are happy to have this van but it has limited use,” Allen said. “It is only for in-town medical appointments and small group outings. But we still desperately need a large bus for longer trips and large group outings. There is a possibility we can buy a city bus that will retire from service soon.”

         For more information, contact Allen or SunPorch Administrator Ryan Salinas by calling 620-227-7512.

Sarah Campbell