posted March 6, 2009

Drive to Gather Rehabilitation Aids a Huge Success

The generosity of people in the Hope/Holland community and beyond has resulted in the donation of hundreds of ambulatory and rehabilitation aids for people with disabilities in countries around the world.

The students and staff of Hope's athletic training program during the month of February collected the aids on behalf of "Wheels for the World," an organization that collects and refurbishes the equipment.

Include in the donations from the community were 38 wheelchairs, 65 pairs of crutches, 117 walkers, 43 canes and other aids such as car seats and strollers.

The objective of the California-based  "Wheels for the World" is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the disabled all around the world.  The organization is a subsection of "Joni and Friends," which provides ministry outreach programs to people with disabilities and their families. "Joni and Friends" was founded in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada. At the age of 17, Joni was in a diving accident which left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. She has since become a leading disability advocate as well as an author and artist.