Hurricane Ike Relief Efforts from FODAC

FODAC Press Release

(Stone Mountain, GA) — Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), in conjunction with Portlight Strategies of Charleston, SC and the American Red Cross of South Florida, sent a 26-foot truck September 19, 2008 with the following items to aid victims of Hurricane Ike on the gulf coast of Texas:

Four (4) Gaylord Boxes Medical supplies:

The shipment went to the Houston area and will target victims in rural portions of Texas who may have been overlooked by other relief efforts. It was coordinated through the Houston Mayor’s Office of Disability Affairs.

FODAC ships hundreds of excess items overseas every year through partnerships with groups like Hope Haven International, MedShare International, Children’s Cross Connection, and the African Child Care Association.

Thousands of people have been helped by here in Georgia and across the U.S. by FODAC, ranging in age from 18 months to 104 years. Over the past 22 years, more than 19,000 wheelchairs and 5.500 hospital beds have been distributed by FODAC. The retail value of the equipment distributed by FODAC last year is over $8.2 million. FODAC’s wheelchairs are rolling in 41 states and 63 countries. FODAC’s “Ramps for Champs” program builds ramps and makes home modifications for people with disabilities. FODAC also adapts vehicles for people with disabilities and operates a mostly volunteer run Thrift Store which provides important operating funds for the organization. FODAC is a tax-exempt, 501( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit organization.

FODAC Media Contact
Christy Clark

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