FODAC Partners with SunTrust Bank to Collect HME for Disaster Relief Efforts

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FODAC Partners with SunTrust Bank to Collect HME for Disaster Relief Efforts


Donations Received on October 20 Will Aid People with Disabilities

in Communities Recovering from Hurricane Florence


TUCKER GA (8 October 2018)Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing home medical equipment (HME) and services to those living with a disability, and SunTrust Bank are joining forces to support disaster recovery efforts. On Saturday, October 20, volunteers at three North Atlanta locations will collect new and gently used equipment, such as wheelchairs, rollators, walkers and shower benches, which FODAC will refurbish and re-distribute to those in need, particularly those with disabilities recovering from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. The coordinated collection drives are scheduled in several locations for Saturday, 20 October 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


“We’re pleased to work with FODAC and make it easier for people across metro Atlanta to help those with disabilities, who urgently need this equipment as a result of the devastation from Hurricane Florence,” said Scott Case, SunTrust chief information officer and executive sponsor of the bank’s People with Disabilities Teammate Network. “Helping people quickly recover from the storm underscores our commitment to lighting the way to financial confidence for the communities we serve, SunTrust’s aim is to help people in our communities feel less financial stress, and the medical equipment donated through this drive will assist many individuals and their families, who have lost so much as a result of this storm.”


FODAC’s main mission is supplying HME to the mobility impaired and their caregivers, at little or no cost to the recipients. While the Georgia-based non-profit works heavily with disability communities in Georgia and the Southeast, it also responds nationally and globally to those recovering from natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tornados and hurricanes. Since FODAC’s work in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, 18 states and four territories have received disaster relief donations of HME from FODAC. FODAC has joined VOAD (volunteer organizations active in disaster) and started deploying staff and trucks to the disaster areas during large relief efforts. The organization has recently focused on distributing needed medical equipment to those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and the tropical storms in Hawaii. FODAC has received requests from Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pitch in with relief efforts.


“The twelve months since Harvey hit Houston has seen unprecedented levels of disaster relief for communities and displaced survivors in Houston, Florida, Georgia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the American Samoa Islands,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “The recent storms and subsequent flooding in the Carolinas and Hawaii have strained our inventory to meet the needs of those recovering from the devastation. We are grateful to SunTrust for sponsoring this HME drive and helping those with disabilities in these areas get their lives back on track.”


Equipment and monetary donations will be collected at the following North Atlanta locations on Saturday, 20 October between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.



Equipment that is especially needed:


·         Adaptive strollers

·         Air casts

·         Bathing aids

·         Braces

·         Canes

·         Crutches and forearm crutches

·         Corner chairs

·         Gait trainers

·         Hospital beds


·         Manual and electric wheelchairs

·         Rollators

·         Shower supports

·         Scooters

·         Specialized mattresses (not regular mattresses)

·         Standers

·         Toilet supports

·         Walkers



“Our role usually starts when people leave the shelters,” Brand explained. “We are going to be in these areas for a while and get people what they need. This equipment will help those efforts a great deal.”


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Now celebrating its 33rd 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.


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


About SunTrust Banks, Inc.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. SunTrust leads onUp, a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. Its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally. As of June 30, 2018, SunTrust had total assets of $208 billion and total deposits of $161 billion. The Company provides deposit, credit, trust, investment, mortgage, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. Learn more at


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