A surprise gift

By Joyell Nevins

May 3, 2014

WEST MILTON - Milton-Union High School junior Mia Whorton got a special surprise at school April 29. Senior Josh Simpson presented her with a new electric wheelchair.

“I told you I was going to get you a new set of wheels,” Simpson told her with a grin.

Simpson helped Whorton into the new wheelchair, who was all smiles as she operated the electic joystick. Whorton had been using the same wheelchair she had had since second grade.

“Josh noticed that Mia, who needs her wheelchair to move around, needed a new one. Her old one had become mechanically problematic to use,” Principal Scott Bloom said. “The new one allows her greater freedom of movement.”

Simpson was able to obtain the wheelchair with the help of Mrs. Brooks Bambic and GIVE Medical Ministry, a ministry operated by Ginghamsburg but based out of Covington. It only took two weeks to complete the necessary calls and paperwork.

GIVE gives out reconditioned durable medical equipment and supplements medical supplies free of charge to those in need. For more information, call (937) 473-5195 or email

Mia Richardson contributed to this story.