Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity

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Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity

Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity. -- Do you have a wheelchair you do not use anymore and you do not know what to do with it? Why not donate it to a charity organisation? There are many charities that repair used wheelchairs and offer them to children or adults who suffer from disabilities or terminal illnesses. Moreover, if you donate the wheelchair, the organisation will provide you with a receipt you can eventually deduct from your taxes.

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You might think that it is challenging to find an organisation which will accept a donation under the form of a wheelchair. The good news is that you can find an extensive list of charities online. If you would like to make such a donation, then just contact the organisations by e-mail or telephone. Everyone can donate a wheelchair. With the help of used wheelchairs, they provide a means of mobility to confined individuals who are otherwise without hope of a reasonable quality of life. Here is an interesting story related to this subject.

One of the inmates from Colorado Rockies has come up with an activity that helped pass his time easier between the four walls of his cells. Jerry Madrid rebuilt a rusted wheelchair for shipment to a disabled person in Qingdao, China. He stated that he actually liked the idea of being able to help somebody to get around life. His own mobility is limited by the walls of a medium security prison in Colorado Rockies.

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Jerry Madrid claims he is sorry for the things he did. He even passed up a $600 a month job in the Buena Vista Correctional Facility’s trout hatchery in order to continue with his rebuilding wheelchairs for charity. Hearing about this, the warden of the facility decided to start a collaboration with a charity organisation called Wheels for the World. The inmates would recondition used wheel chairs and afterwards they would be shipped to China. This collaboration even made it on the cover of many newspapers from all around the world.

The director of the aforementioned charity stated that there are more than 28 million people in the third world, who are in desperate need for wheelchairs. This is just one side of the story. On the other side, in the United States alone more than one million wheelchairs are thrown out as trash or stored in attics or garages. However, as wheelchairs waste mounts by the day, a new wheelchair recycling movement is taking root.

There are more and more centres where people can come and leave their used wheelchairs, in exchange for a modest sum of money, or for free if they wish. As surprising as it may seem, inmates from prisons all over the States are working to strip down wheelchairs. With rust sanded off, wheel bearing repaired, spokes tightened, and brakes repaired, the wheelchairs look as though they had come out directly from the production assembly line.

Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity

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