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Members of the Rotary Club of Henry County collect home medical equipment during a previous drive. The club’s next collection drive is set for Saturday, Aug. 22.

McDONOUGH — The Rotary Club of Henry County will host a Home Medical Equipment Collection Day to benefit Friends of Disabled Adults and Children.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the club will collect gently used and new home medical equipment at First Baptist Church of McDonough, 101 Macon St., McDonough.

Equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and other mobility aids will be collected and reissued to those with long- or short-term mobility challenges. Friends of Disabled Adults and Children will also be accepting monetary donations a the event.

The collection will take place rain or shine. There will be limited pickup availability for donated equipment. For details on pickup, contact FODAC at 770-491-9014, ext. 114 by Thursday, Aug. 20.

The schedule pickups on Friday, Aug. 21, or for questions and directions, call Walt Holtzman, Rotary Club of Henry County, at 678-467-3039.

Equipment pickups will be handled under COVID-19 guidelines; donations sould be left outside on front steps, porches or driveways.

Some equipment that is especially needed includes adaptive strollers, bathing aids, canes, crutches and forearm crutches, corner chairs, gait trainers, hospital beds, hospital mattresses, manual and electric wheelchairs, respiratory equipment and supplies, CPAPs, oxygen concentrators, rollators, shower supports, scooters, standers, toilet supports and walkers.

For more than 30 years, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children has helped people of all ages with injuries and disabilities regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment 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 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 5% or less, and was recently awarded for the second year the Gold Seal of Transparency by Charity Navigator.

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 HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state. FODAC joined National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) in 2019, bringing to the organization much-needed expertise and experience in the area of disaster recovery for the disabled community.

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