The Wheelchairs for Veterans program was set up to benefit those who have been denied mobility and cannot afford a wheelchair on their own. The program recipients keep their wheelchairs, which provide them a level of mobility and improve their quality of life.
Using the Knights of Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission, for each $150.00 donation, a wheelchair is added to a sea container and when it is full (110 wheelchairs) it is shipped somewhere in the world for those in desperate need. Our Wheelchair Program is similar; however, Georgia Knights of Columbus councils have the opportunity to have the container shipped to Georgia for wheelchair distribution. As a result, your donation can be used for wheelchairs in local communities around Georgia. Local K of C Councils identify the individual to receive the wheelchairs.
Following are resources the program uses to determine who in Georgia needs a wheelchair:
Agencies on Aging
Local Catholic parishes
St. Vincent de Paul Society and Catholic Charities
Assisted living sites (some are operated by the Catholic dioceses)
Homes for retired religious
In 2012, the Wheelchair raised $16,500, which purchased only one container of 110 wheelchairs. Veterans and many others often suffer from a lack of mobility simply due to the lack of a wheelchair.
A wheelchair changes the lives of entire families and on average 10 people’s lives are directly impacted in a positive way with the gift of each wheelchair.The Knights of Columbus Wheelchair Fund was established to respond to this need. For $150, the cost of one wheelchair, we can greatly improve the life of a veteran or other individuals in need. Please consider making a donation using the WAYS TO DONATE button to support greater mobility for one of our deserving Veterans.
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