FODAC Benefits from Rotary Home Medical Equipment Collection Drive

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FODAC Benefits from Rotary Home Medical Equipment Collection Drive

 

DeKalb Rotary Council Member Clubs Collect $250K Worth of Donated Equipment

 

Stone Mountain GA – (14 August 2017) –   Eight member clubs of the DeKalb (Georgia) Rotary Council joined together in July to hold a durable medical equipment (DME) collection drive benefitting Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC). On Saturday, 22 July, the group of 46 volunteers (including members of the North Atlanta Rotaract Club) manned a collection station at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant on Clairmont Road in Atlanta, where they collected over a quarter-million dollars worth of used home medical equipment, such as manual and electric wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, shower benches and patient lifts. FODAC will clean, refurbish and reissue the collected equipment to clients with disabilities or their caregivers, at little to no cost to the recipients. The collection drive was the largest one-day collection event ever hosted by the DeKalb Rotary Council.

 

“We were overwhelmed by the results of this collection drive,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC (and recent Rotarian of the Year in District 6900). “This equipment will help so many of our clients who otherwise might be unable to fully engage in the daily activities of life, work, school and community. We are exceedingly grateful to the DeKalb Rotary Council and its members who were so generous with their time and efforts on a Saturday. They truly exemplify the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self.’”

 

The DeKalb Rotary Council is comprised of those Rotary clubs located in DeKalb County, and offers the opportunity for these Atlanta metro clubs to coordinate joint projects that will have a greater impact on the community as well as share ideas and resources. The clubs which participated in the FODAC DME collection drive were Brookhaven, Decatur, Dunwoody, Emory/Druid Hills, North Atlanta, South DeKalb, Stone Mountain and Tucker.

 

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About FODAC

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) continues to help 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 durable medical equipment (DME) 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 350 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.

 

In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the DME 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.

 

In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and allowing it to receive Medicare Part B payments and to retain a supplier billing number.

 

For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit fodac.org. Follow FODAC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

 

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