GLOBAL WHEELCHAIR MISSION PROGRAM – SUPREME FEATURED PROGRAM
Louis Salvatore 2018-2019 Chairman
The American Wheelchair Mission is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to deliver brand new free wheelchairs and mobility aids to physically disabled children, teens and adults throughout the world who are without mobility and lack the means to acquire such devices. Since 2003 Knights of Columbus have sponsored the delivery of over 50,000 brand new wheelchairs throughout the world. The American Wheelchair Mission estimates that there are over 100 million people, world-wide, who need and cannot afford a wheelchair. It is further estimated that, on average, when you consider family, friends, teachers, employers and others, for every wheelchair delivered the lives of about 10 people are impacted in a very positive way. This extraordinary program, embraced first by Knights in California, is now one of our Supreme Council’s “Featured 8” programs.
WHEELCHAIR SUNDAY PARISH DRIVES
A “Wheelchair Sunday” is where representatives from The American Wheelchair Mission make presentations of about 10 minutes (including a video of about 4 minutes) during every weekend Mass (preferably after the Homily) and a second collection is asked. Parishioners have thanked their Pastors for bringing this wonderful mission to their church. This program also provides an example of the charitable work that Knights of Columbus are doing and many Catholic gentlemen have joined the Knights after witnessing this extraordinary program.
One of the most common and wonderful comments we receive from the recipients of the wheelchairs, and their families, is that we have just answered their prayers. Tears of joy flow with a heartfelt embrace or clasp of hands, and we know we are doing God’s work here on earth.
For people with physical disabilities a wheelchair means that children are able to go to school, adults can to work and provide for their families and the elderly can get of a bed they may have been confined in for many years. A person can do something as simple as to sit at the family dinner table (these things we take for granted every day).
To learn more about how you can hold a Wheelchair Sunday parish drive at your church, or for other information please contact Brother Dan Moberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Louis Salvatore at email@example.com or visit the American Wheelchair Mission’s website at: www.amwheelchair.org
American Wheelchair Mission
California State Chairman