Each year, an estimated 75,000 wheelchairs are thrown away in the United States despite a worldwide need for wheelchairs.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Milemarkers Therapy and Mount Olive Lutheran Church are partnering for a wheelchair drive on behalf of Wheels for the World. The drive is from 10 a.m. to noon at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2710 Havasupai Blvd. Volunteers will collect manual, adult and pediatric wheelchairs and wheelchair footrests.

All wheelchairs collected will be taken to Wheels for the World Restoration Center located at the Arizona State Prison in Kingman where inmates restore the wheelchairs to like-new condition. The wheelchairs are then shipped to countries around the world.

Teams made up of volunteer physical therapists and wheelchair mechanics then fit each wheelchair to an individual and provide training in the wheelchair’s maintenance. Team members also present each recipient with a Bible and the message of the Gospel. Tax deductible receipts will be provided.

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