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Community Database

Lorraine’s Canes is constructing a database of non-profits, hospitals and organizations that provide services to people with disabilities. We will be using this contact information when determining where to send our walking canes when we receive donations as part of our community giveback.

If you are interested in being a part of our database please send your name, affiliated agency, phone number, and any other contact information to: lorraine@lorrainescanes.com

Community Giveback

As our Community Giveback continues, Lorraine’s Canes has decided to extend our cane donations not only to the people of Haiti, but also to people in need living in the U.S. Many people extend a helping hand when tragedy strikes countries overseas. While we support this effort in Haiti, we do not want to forget our own country and its needs. The U.S. is currently experiencing a tough economic period, leaving many Americans without necessary items like walking canes.

Donations can be made in your own name or in someone’s honor. A certificate of contribution will be mailed to each contributor. If you are interested in sponsoring a cane please send your donation(s) to:

Lorraine’s Canes
12440 Richmond Run Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
All checks can be made payable to Lorraine’s Canes

Whether you are donating $10 or $100, every hand painted cane will change someone’s life. 

Every cane counts.

Business to Business Canes

If you’re interested in designing a specialty walking cane for your business or group, look no further. Lorraine’s Canes will work closely with you to develop a custom hand crafted cane with features such as: your name, slogan, logo, and other information you would like to have displayed.  

If you’re interested in creating a custom cane for your business/group, please contact us at: (919) 554-4312

--OR-- lorraine@lorrainescanes.com

Did You Know?

  • One billion people globally report having a disability, and people with disabilities in the U.S. control aggregate annual income of > $1 trillion

  • Persons living in West Virginia reported the highest rate of disability, at 24.4 percent, followed by Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi, each over 23 percent.

  • Persons living in Alaska, Utah and Minnesota each reported the lowest rates of disability, about 15 percent.

  • Nearly 40 percent of persons reporting a disability live in the South - twice the 20 percent of each of the other three geographic areas.

  • Of the 69.6 million families in the United States, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability.

  • Globally, people with disabilities represent an emerging market on par with the size of China

  • People with disabilities represent the single largest minority group seeking employment in today's marketplace

  • Disability belongs in any grant, making program that supports diversity. Or education. Or employment. Or housing. Or civic participation, arts and culture, technology, health care or any other element of life. The interests and needs of people with disabilities mirror those of other groups.

  • People with disabilities constitute the nation's largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time.

  • About 4.8 million Americans use a walking cane. (According to a 2005 U.S. Census Bureau report.)

According to American Association of Disabled Persons:

  • There are 29.5 million Americans with disabilities who are between the work ages of 15 to 64. 2.9 million children have a disability, and 16.5 million adults 65 and older have a disability.

  • There are 48.9 million Americans with a disability.  This represents 19.4% of the total population of the United States.  In other words, nearly 1 in 5 Americans has some type of disability.

Fun Facts

  • Walking sticks have been used as weapons since prehistoric times. During the 17th century, canes became popular accessories for gentlemen, and were used as both walking sticks and status symbols.

  • Canes, staves and walking sticks are most often used by hikers and people with disabilities, but they are also used in martial arts and in neopagan religious rituals.

  • Some walking sticks performed dual functions, serving as flasks or as a place to hide cameras, swords, guns, or umbrellas.

  • There are highly valued presidential sticks, with knobs carved to resemble various heads of state. Some are carved with the likenesses of founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

  • The abundance of presidential sticks leads us to theorize that they may have been passed out to the public like modern-day campaign buttons.

  • King Louis XIV of France carried ornate, jeweled walking sticks and restricted their use only to the aristocracy. He didn't want his subjects carrying sticks in his presence, as it was his symbol of power.

  • They were a status symbol because it was one way you could judge how much money a man had. 

  • A folk-art stick owned by P.T. Barnum was sold for $250,000.

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