Global Wheelchair Mission – Featured Program
Chairman Gary Roeick Community Programs
The American Wheelchair Mission delivers wheelchairs to physically disabled children, teens and adults throughout the world.
We deliver brand new, high quality wheelchairs by entire sea containers.
The brand new wheelchairs we deliver in 5 sizes (12, 14, 16, 18 & 20 inch seat widths) would sell for over $500 in a medical supply store, but because we ship by 100 to 280 wheelchair containers from the factories directly to the country of delivery, we can do this at an average price of $150 each.
For each $150 donation we receive, we will deliver a wheelchair and send the donor a beautiful folder with a certificate of thanks that can be personalized as a gift in honor of a loved one, and a photo of a person that has received a wheelchair.
To make a donation to the State Wheelchair fund using your credit card click here
For entities interested in delivering an entire container of wheelchairs to a specific country or region, a gift of $16,500 will deliver a shipping container of 100 pneumatic, mountain bike or 110 solid rubber tire wheelchairs to a country specified by the donor, from our list of approved destination countries. A gift of $42,000 will deliver a container of 260 pneumatic, mountain bike tire or 280 solid rubber tire wheelchairs. A logo or short text of the donor’s choice will be stitched onto the back of each wheelchair when sponsored by container. At retail these containers of wheelchairs are valued at $55,000 and $140,000. (For special sizes or delivery locations prices may vary)
The wheelchairs we deliver allow children with physical disabilities to go to school for the first time, adults to go to work to provide for their families and the elderly to get out of a bed that they may have been confined to for years at a time.
Our mission is to deliver a wheelchair or mobility aid to every person in the world who is in need but cannot afford one. Over 100 million people worldwide need a wheelchair or mobility aid but cannot afford one! Our gift delivers Hope, Dignity, Freedom and Independence.
We estimate that each wheelchair delivered changes and improves an average of 10 lives!
Here in Minnesota, we have Wheelchairs ready to be picked up for anyone in need in our Community. Please click on the link to the order form and fill it out for either the Wheelchairs here in Minnesota or for the world container that our State is helping to fund.
Since 2003, the Knights of Columbus has funded the delivery of tens of thousands of wheelchairs around the world, and right here at home. Thousands of veterans and their families across the United States in need of wheelchairs have received new mobility, and honor the Knights with their thanks and prayers.
Since 2007, Knights across the U.S. have been having “Wheelchair Sunday” parish drives to raise funds for the delivery of wheelchairs. Beginning with Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Pasadena, California where Fr. Gerard O’Brien coined the phrase “Wheelchair Sunday,” this program has spread to several states and is catching on quickly.
The first 5 parish drives in Southern California raised enough money to sponsor the delivery of 1,000 brand new wheelchairs and added more than 150 new Knights to the local membership.
Knights and their families are getting involved in a hands on life changing mission that allows children, teens and adults around the world to have their prayers answered with the gift of hope, freedom, dignity, independence…a wheelchair!
Click here to learn more about the American Wheelchair Mission