The beds had been donated by New Hope Care Center, which is replacing beds adjusted by hand with beds adjusted electrically. In addition to the beds, 45 end tables and a dozen over-bed tables were loaded into the container.
John Eaton, a Rotarian from Shelton, Wash., has launched the project to provide 650 hospital beds to the Caribbean nations from convalescent facilities in Shelton and three cities in California — Oroville, Lakeport and Tracy. All the facilities are affiliated with Evergreen Convalescent Care, said Eaton, who was on hand Tuesday as the container was loaded at New Hope Care Center.
Once loaded, containers from the four sites are being trucked to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for sea shipment to the Caribbean. Although plans are still being formulated, as many as 3,000 beds could be shipped to the island nations in the next several months, Eaton said.