DAVENPORT — The Physical Therapy Department at St. Ambrose University is teaming up with Iowa Wheels for the World to collect and distribute wheelchairs and other mobility equipment to people with disabilities around the world.
Manual wheelchairs, aluminum crutches and canes, and foldable walkers can be dropped off Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the St. Ambrose Center for Health Sciences Education, 1320 W. Lombard St., Davenport. The Center may be reached by entering the Genesis Medical Center campus from Lombard Street and taking the second right.
All mobility equipment will be taken to restoration facilities housed in regional prisons where trained inmates will prepare it for shipment. Mission teams will fit the equipment to recipients and train them in its use.
Monetary donations will also be accepted to help cover the restoration costs and student expenses associated with subsequent outreach and delivery trips.
Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World is a Christian outreach program designed to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the disabled worldwide. WFTW has distributed 57,000 wheelchairs in more than 100 countries.
For more information or to make a monetary donation, contact John Barr at (563) 333-6404 or BarrJohnO@sau.edu, or go to www.sau.edu/pt.