For the last 9 years, I have collected unwanted motorized wheelchairs, refurbished them, and given them away during the holiday season to people who cannot afford them.
To date, I have given away over 580 motorized chairs through my program AZ Pawn's Gift of Mobility . These chairs offer people independence, and a chance to do things that weren’t possible before. For some reason, many people with disabilities slip through the cracks and are unable to receive a much needed motorized chair through their insurance companies. These wheelchairs run from about $4.000 to as much as $40,000 each, putting them far out of reach for many people.
I never charge for any of the chairs. I give them all away at absolutely no cost to the recipient.
You may visit my website www.azpawngiftofmobility.com to get a glimpse of exactly what we do and see photos and videos from prior giveaways. Here are a few videos of past giveaways:
In addition to the yearly holiday giveaway throughout the year, we provide people with a motorized wheelchair if they are in dire need of one whenever possible. This December 2nd, 2018, I gave away 100 motorized chairs to those in need. I hope to have at least that many wheelchairs for next year’s giveaway.
The main expenses come from replacing the chair batteries, storing and picking up the chairs, financing their repairs, and paying for all the advertising required to get the word out. Currently I have about 70 chairs that are in need of batteries and repair.
To anyone who donates, I offer a sincere thank you no matter how small of a donation.
If you cannot donate but still wish to help, please help spread word of our campaign. We would sincerely appreciate it. Simply copy and paste this link to share: https://www.gofundme.com/giftofmobility
Thank you for your support!
- Denise Gokey
- Christopher Fleming
- Robert Foti
- Joanne Grove