ATLANTA, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta-based Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! (www.fodac.org), is coordinating a community effort over the next two weeks to provide much-needed non-perishable medical supplies and relief items to the victims of Haiti's recent earthquake. FODAC is collecting blankets, crutches, walkers, orthotic braces, wheelchairs, bandages, medical gloves, etc. at the organization's warehouse in Stone Mountain, Ga. The items will be shipped to Haiti within the next few weeks.
FODAC is partnering with Portlight Strategies of Charleston, S.C., (www.portlight.org) and the Weather Underground (www.wunderground.com) to ship and distribute the items. Thanks to funding from the Weather Underground, Portlight Strategies already has staff in Haiti to coordinate the distribution effort, as well as a truck packed with supplies, en route to Haiti now by ship.
"FODAC provides over $8 million worth of home health mobility and daily living equipment each year to people with disabilities or injuries," said Chris Brand, executive director of FODAC. "Most of the equipment we provide to children and adults consists of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other mobility devices. However, we have a number of items such as manual hospital beds, medical supplies and extra crutches and walkers that we stockpile for international relief efforts. A disaster like an earthquake leaves countless victims with broken bones and other mobility injuries. We have the equipment to donate. All we needed was a way to get it to Haiti."
FODAC owns a 64,800 square-foot warehouse at 4900 Lewis Road in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Donors may drop off supplies between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday through Feb. 6. Directions to the warehouse may be found at http://www.fodac.org/clients/directions.php.
About Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
FODAC was founded in metro Atlanta and officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1986. Since then, the organization has grown to include a full-time staff of 22 and an annual budget of over $1 million. FODAC provides home mobility and daily living equipment to people of any age or disability, temporary or permanent. To date, FODAC has provided clients with over $60 million in medical equipment including over 20,000 wheelchairs. The organization is supported through grants and corporate and private donations. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.
SOURCE Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too!