DeKalb Rotary Council Schedules Equipment Drive to Benefit Those with Disabilities

DeKalb Rotary Council Schedules Equipment Drive to Benefit Those with Disabilities

Eight Rotary Clubs and Two Associated Youth Clubs Will Gather at 57th Fighter Group Restaurant in Chamblee to Collect Home Medical Equipment to Support Friends of Disabled Adults and Children

WHO DeKalb Rotary Council, comprised of the Rotary Clubs of
• Brookhaven
• Decatur
• Dunwoody
• Emory-Druid Hills
• North Atlanta
• South DeKalb
• Stone Mountain
• Tucker
North Atlanta Rotaract Club
Chamblee Charter High School Interact Club
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)

WHAT 7th Annual Home Medical Equipment (HME) Collection and Recycling Event

WHEN Saturday, July 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE 57th Fighter Group Restaurant
3829 Clairmont Road
Chamblee, Georgia 30341

WHY The eight member clubs of the DeKalb Rotary Council, along with the North Atlanta Rotaract Club and the Chamblee Charter High School Interact Club, are joining together to collect used home medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and shower benches, for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC). Over the past years, the Council has collected HME valued close to $1 million – and the clubs are seeking to surpass that mark this year.

Those wishing to volunteer should contact Ralph Sims of North Atlanta Rotary Club 770.778.1907 or The clubs are looking for people to unload equipment or to volunteer with a vehicle to do pick-ups of equipment. If you also can donate equipment, let Ralph know.

Limited pick-up is available; for questions or to determine pick-up eligibility contact Ralph.

Event starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on the back patio. Event will be held rain or shine.

Some equipment that is especially needed:

Adaptive strollers
Air casts
Bathing aids
Crutches and forearm crutches
Corner chairs
Gait trainers
Hospital beds
Manual and electric wheelchairs
Shower supports
Specialized mattresses (not regular mattresses)
Toilet supports


Now celebrating its 33rd year, 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 400 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. Since 2014, FODAC has maintained a 4-star rating, the highest, with Charity Navigator, a charity watch dog agency that cites charities that maintain operating overhead under 5%.

In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of HME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.

For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit, or follow FODAC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


I need the bath chair because it is better when Xochitl takes a bath because the old one is too small. It is beautiful. The wheelchair she is in is too small and not comfortable. The new wheelchair will be better.

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