[NFB-NM] FW: You Cane Give Initiative

Adelmo Vigil nfbnewmexicopresident at gmail.com
Tue Apr 2 03:16:29 UTC 2019

Greetings Fellow Federationist, 
Please bring your unwanted folding canes to our convention this weekend.
Lucy will be collecting them during the convention. 

See the emails below. 


Adelmo Vigil 

-----Original Message-----
From: Alexander, Lucy, CFB [mailto:Lucy.Alexander at state.nm.us] 
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:20 PM
To: Adelmo Vigil (nfbnewmexicopresident at gmail.com)
<nfbnewmexicopresident at gmail.com>
Subject: You Cane Give Initiative

Greetings Adelmo,

Follows is the information I received from James Boehm, You Cane Give
founder.  He is in need of folding canes.  Jimmy recently took 120 canes to
Kenya and has another trip planned for next year.  the Center donates broken
straight canes to Billy Aguirre who takes them to Mexico where he provides
the canes and training to blind people.  I volunteer to collect the canes at
our Convention and get them to Jimmy or Billy as appropriate.  If you would
like, I would also be happy to talk for about 2 or 3 minutes at Convention
about these efforts to get canes into the hands of all blind people, no
matter where they live.  Please let me know if you need additional


Please turn your "state convention" into a "Cane-Vention with the You Cane
Give Initiative Wondering what to do with that old folding cane you no
longer use in the closet? Is that drawer of used canes collecting dust and
taking up space? Please donate your old or used folding canes to the You
Cane Give Initiative! We are collecting donated folding canes to refurbish
and send to individuals who are blind and visually impaired around the
world. Let's face it, we have it good in America. With the click of a
button, we can order almost anything we need, including a cane. In countries
like Mexico, the Philippines, India, and South Africa, people do not have
access to the proper tools to empower independence and success. Please do
not let your canes go to waste! The You Cane Give Initiative allows you to
provide your cane to a person far away who needs it!
James Boehm has spoken with many individuals around the world who have
shared heartbreaking stories of family and friends who have been injured or
have died because they attempted to cross streets without a mobility cane.
During our recent trip to Kenya, we heard blind organizations refer to the
shortage of canes as a "white cane famine!" You Cane Give not only empowers
the lives of the blind, but it also saves lives. We need canes in all sizes.
We are able to send folding canes overseas, but straight canes can be
donated to individuals within the United States. We have contacts in Peru,
Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, the Philippines, South Africa, and more who wish for
a cane of their own. Your convention is a great opportunity to bring your
unused canes with you. As a thank you, You Cane Give will donate a Kustom
Cane gift certificate and other cool accessories for door prizes to thank
you for your support! Please bring your donated canes or tips to the You
Cane Give designated location. Thank you so much, and we are grateful for
your generosity!
James and Wendy Boehm, founders of You Cane Give
Want to make a donation or see where your canes are going around the world?
Please check out our website: www.youcanegive.org
Email: youcanegive at gmail.com
Also, here is our Facebook page:
Cell phone for James Boehm:
Check out our YouTube video at:

Lucy Mallahan
Center Director
Extension: 32291

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