St. Louis organization turning buses into mobile hospitals

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- A St. Louis organization is taking old Metro buses and giving them new life and potentially a new life to people in desperate medical situations.

Metro donated three buses to Wings of Hope. They each had been driven 1/3 of a million miles, they`re worn out and ready for a medical makeover.

Volunteers with Wings of Hope right have been gutting the inside of this bus.

T.J. Stewart, one of the volunteers, says, “For me it’s always been about helping people.”

One bus is going to Burma, some say the second poorest country on the face of the earth.  First it will be turned into a mobile hospital, complete with surgical and clinical wards.  Volunteers will also rebuild it, and hopefully companies will donate the medical equipment.

Doug Clements is the president of Wings of Hope.  He said, “Wings of Hope is a humanitarian organization that will do whatever it takes to raise a group of people up to a more capable society so they can have their own dreams for the future.”

The organization has twice been a nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  When the bus arrives in Burma there will likely be a celebration among the citizens who badly need treatment for all sorts of medical problems. People these volunteers will probably never know.

Volunteer Jay Rickmeyer said, “You don’t have to know anybody to see them rise up from a very bad situation to one where they have hope, their problem is corrected. You get a great feeling to see that.”

A map show shows how Wings of Hope brings help to folks around the globe, it`s a non-religious, non-political charity that is not concerned about anyone`s ethnicity.

Steward said, “For me that’s why I come here that’s why because the need is still out there.” Clements added, “We are there to build a bridge to peace and hope for these people.”

Like any charity, Wings of Hope can always use donations, not just cash but things of value. If you want to help: www.wings-of-hope.org