FODAC Honored With Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters’ Spirit Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Receives AIB Spirit Award   Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Recognizes Organization for Contributions to Georgia Disabled Community   Stone Mountain GA – (3 December 2014) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies to the disabled community, was selected by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB)  to receive an AIB Spirit Award, recognizing the organization for its support of the mobility-impaired community. The award was presented to FODAC president and CEO Chris Brand on Friday, 17 October at FODAC headquarters in Stone Mountain by AIB Chairman of the Board John B. McIntyre.   “The AIB Spirit Award is given to a person or organization that exemplifies the spirit of caring, sharing and lifting up others,” stated McIntyre. “Over the past twenty-plus years, FODAC has provided help to thousands of persons with mobility impairments, many of whom had no other resource for the equipment they needed to maintain a quality of life. AIB is proud to recognize Chris Brand and FODAC for their dedication to helping those with physical disabilities engage more fully with their friends and family, their community and their lives.”   “We are always grateful to be recognized for the work we do to support the disabled community,” said Brand. “The AIB Spirit Award is particularly meaningful to us because it also recognizes the spiritual benefit of helping these folks regain independence and a quality of life. We are honored to accept this award.”   The AIB Spirit Award recognizes and honors individuals and organizations that are touching lives and making a difference throughout AIB’s metro Atlanta viewing community. Nominees are submitted by an AIB staff or board member, and the board votes on recipients. Once a year in March, AIB sponsors the Allen Awards Luncheon; attendees include the past year’s Spirit Award recipients. At this luncheon, AIB bestows a humanitarian award, a community service award and a program of the year award.   A segment about FODAC and its acceptance of the AIB Spirit Award aired on “AIB Metro” in November. The program is available now on-demand at http://www.aibtv.com/aibondemand/ or via AIB’s YouTube Channel. #   #   #

About FODAC Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2013, FODAC was selected as the statewide distributor of home medical equipment (HME) and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.

About AIB AIB – Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Inc. is the nation’s largest regional interfaith cable network and has been providing faith-based communities and nonprofit service organizations access to a larger audience for 37 years. Seen in over 1,000,000 homes across 19 metro Atlanta counties, AIB is a self-supporting organization and does not allow the solicitation of funds or attacks on other faiths. AIB is Atlanta’s beacon for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and was established to provide media access to faith communities, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. For more information, visit www.AIBTV.com. ###

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