Donate your used equipment at the Expo
Are old wheelchairs and other useful gadgets for people with disabilities stockpiling in your garage? One person’s relic is another’s life saver, so dust off your old healthcare equipment and bring it with you to the Atlanta Abilities Expo. Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! (FODAC) will be onsite to accept your generous (and tax deductable) donations.
While manual wheelchairs, shower equipment and bariatric wheelchairs are at the top of their wish list, FODAC will accept a wide variety of mobility aids, daily living tools and medical paraphernalia. This includes—but is not exclusive to—canes, bathing aids, walkers, crutches, hoyer lifts, hospital beds, grab bars, over the bed tables, wheelchair/scooter lifts for vehicles, specialized mattresses, pediatric standers, strollers, corner chairs, gait trainers, toilet supports, disposable items like adult diapers, wound care supplies, liquid nutrition, transfer board, adaptive toys, augmentative speech devices, therapy aides, and so much more for people of all ages. They also accept other items for international distribution like prosthetics, orthotic braces and AFOs and surgical supplies.
After a few tweaks, spit and polish, FODAC will give your past treasures a new life in the hands of other people with disabilities who are in need.
The Friends of Disabled Adults was created in 1986 by retired Marine Ed Butchart and his wife, Annie, to help relieve the financial burden of purchasing disability equipment. What began in the couple’s garage as a wheelchair refurbishing and repairing service has morphed into the nation’s largest provider of a wide range of recycled home healthcare equipment.
Though the organization has always assisted children, they became the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! (FODAC) in 1997, reflecting their commitment to reach out to all people with disabilities, regardless of age.
FODAC is currently located in a 64,800 square foot warehouse in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and services 45 states and 66 different countries. They have an annual budget of more than $1.5 million and supply more than $8 million in equipment and services each year at little or no cost. In fact, since its inception, FODAC has provided more than 20,000 wheelchairs to the community.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Abilities Expo to raise awareness of our refurbishing and recycling services,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “We love doing this, it’s what we are here for and we want to make sure that folks can access our equipment when they need it.”
Because of the size of some apparatus, attendees can drive up and drop their contributions off at the loading dock outside before they proceed into the Expo. Click here for directions to the Cobb Parkway. From Cobb Parkway traveling South turn left (turn right if traveling North on Cobb Parkway) onto Galleria Parkway. This is the traffic light just south of Galleria Drive and just north of Akers Mill Road. Then turn left into loading dock entrance. You will see the FODAC truck and FODAC personnel will be available to assist with unloading.