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Wheels for the World collects wheelchairs to aid disabled worldwide

Marilyn Emerick of Wheels for the World will be at Victory Christian in Columbiana on Aug. 1 for a collection of used wheelchairs. (Submitted photo)

COLUMBIANA — Wheels for the World, a program by non-profit Joni and Friends, will hold a drive for used wheelchairs. The collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 in the parking lot at Victory Christian, 350 state Route 7, Columbiana. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible, and receipts are available.

The wheelchairs will be sent to inmates at correctional facilities where they will be restored to like-new condition. The wheelchairs are then donated to children and adults affected by disability worldwide. Each wheelchair recipient receives a custom-fit wheelchair and training in use and upkeep.

For more information, contact Marilyn Emerick at 330/518-2380 or email m.emerick@att.net.

Since 1994, Wheels for the World ministry has delivered wheelchairs and Bibles in developing countries.

But, acording to Emerick, Wheels for the World is not simply about “dropping off a wheelchair. It’s about changing the hearts, minds and lives of people. It’s about transforming societies, village by village, person by person.”

“These gifts of mobility bring hope, joy and salvation to people with disabilities around the world.”

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