FODAC Is Collecting Supplies for Shipment to Haiti

For Immediate Release

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too!, An Atlanta-Based Non-Profit,
Is Collecting Supplies for Shipment to Haiti

Concerned Citizens Are Invited to Bring Supplies to the FODAC Warehouse in Stone Mountain Through Feb. 6

ATLANTA – 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.”

Thanks to Portlight Strategies, the distribution component of the program has been confirmed. Portlight Strategies was already in the process of collecting and shipping supplies to Haiti. The organization has a relief coordinator on-site and through partnerships with Catholic service agencies on the island they have the distribution network necessary. They have begun shipping supplies to Haiti, with more shipments scheduled. The donations collected by FODAC will be incorporated into these shipments.

FODAC owns a 64,800 square-foot warehouse at 4900 Lewis Road in Stone Mountain. The Pattillo Companies of DeKalb County has offered additional warehouse space, if needed. Citizens 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. After that date, donors are asked to call FODAC at 770/491-9014 to learn if the organization is still accepting donations for Haiti. Donations of wheelchairs and other mobility equipment for distribution in the U.S. are accepted year-round. Directions to the warehouse may be found at http://www.fodac.org/clients/directions.php.

“When disaster strikes, the citizens of the United States are among the most generous in the world,” said Brand. “Many of us want to do something tangible to help. If someone brings donated items to our warehouse within the next two weeks, they can feel confident that the items will be delivered into the hands of the Haitian people who desperately need them,” he said.

Look for us on NBC Nightly News as they shot footage at FODAC’s Warehouse which they plan to air.

About Friends of Disabled Adults and Children

The organization was begun by volunteers who began refurbishing and giving away wheelchairs to needy Atlantans. With the financial support of Mount Carmel Christian Church, Friends of Disabled Adults was 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. Chris Brand serves as Executive Director.

The organization’s name was changed to Friends of Disabled Adults and Children in 2002 to reflect the broad scope of people served. FODAC provides home mobility and daily living equipment to people of any age or any disability, temporary or permanent, for medically necessary and medically helpful reasons. These items are provided for a suggested donation. Clients do not have to qualify financially but the organization’s waiting lists prioritizes medically necessary and low income individuals.

Although the organization is based in metro Atlanta, FODAC is the equipment provider for the Southeastern Assistive Technology Access and ReUse Network (STAR) which serves individuals with disabilities throughout the Southeast.

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. Recently FODAC was recognized by the Pass it On Center with the Visionary Award and the Friend of the Earth Award. FODAC is headquartered at 4900 Lewis Road, Stone Mountain, Ga., 30083. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.

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