If a community is lucky, they will have a select handful of people who generously give back yet never seek praise or recognition. For nearly 30 years in Mashpee and eastern Massachusetts, that was George and Laurie Navin of Pass It On.

All too often, we hear stories throughout our state and our country of the expensive, ever-rising costs of healthcare and medical equipment. After experiencing it first-hand, George and Laurie stepped up and did something about it.

Since 1992, Pass It On has helped thousands of people struggling with the high cost of durable medical equipment. They would take donations of durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, hospital beds, tub seats and other related accessories. They would then donate them to children with disabilities and their families/caregivers in need.

George and Laurie’s hard work and efforts have made a major impact, helping thousands of people who couldn’t afford this equipment have a better quality of life and live a more independent lifestyle.

I’ve known George and Laurie for over 30 years. During that time I’ve seen how dedicated they are to their daughter Lindsey, as well as toward helping other families with disability medical needs.

Pass It On was the catalyst that encouraged us to start our own version of an equipment loan program on the South Shore called Helping Hand. George and Laurie’s idea to help their neighbors not only had a tangible impact on Mashpee and the Cape but all the way up the coast too.

As Pass It On closes their doors after nearly three decades, they deserve a heartfelt thank you. Their generosity has made a true difference in the lives of countless people and has inspired others to do the same. Their kindness and their labor of love should not soon be forgotten.

Thank you, George and Laurie, and best of luck in what comes next.

Bruce J. Ayers

State Representative

1st Norfolk District — Quincy and Randolph

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