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Stuttgart couple gives mobility to others through PET devices

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A Stuttgart couple is giving mobility to others, starting with a few power tools and big hearts.

The Personal Energy Transportation device, or PET, is now helping hundreds around the world.

The PET device may resemble a child's toy, but to many in 3rd world countries, it is considered a luxury item. 

Charles and Lisa Anderson were looking for a mission project two years ago. They found the nonprofit PET project.

"We decided we could probably do this," Anderson said. "We had the shop and the tools and all, so we started making the parts for these wheelchairs."

They make the parts and a PET chapter in Memphis puts them all together and ships out the completed units, which allow users to get around by turning the hand cranks.

"When the line for human need intersects with the line your ability to respond, then you have a responsibility to respond," Charles said.

The starting goat was to create 100 sets of parts a year, but at about $25 for lumber per set, the pair quickly realized they couldn't fund their project alone.

The community stepped in to help.

"We've been to Haiti and we've been to Honduras," said Kelly McGilton, who attends church with the Andersons. "When you've been, especially to Haiti where they had the earthquake, and you see people who have lost their legs because of that earthquake and they have no means of getting around."

"Being able to help provide mobility to someone who would otherwise be crawling, it's just a pleasure to be a part of this project," McGilton said.

Most evenings for the Andersons are filled with the sounds of slicing and sanding

In addition to both working full time jobs, Charles and Lisa have now completed their 200th set of PETs.

"When we see a picture [of a person] on their own [PET] that we know we had a part in building, that's our payment for doing the work," Charles said. "Everybody can't meet every need but I think everybody can do something."