Robbyn Davis, and 90 others with disabilities, are moving about more freely, thanks to the vision and generous support of a small grass-roots group in eastern Connecticut.
For seven years, the “Gift of Mobility” program has been giving away free motorized wheelchairs to those who aren’t eligible for a new one.
Phil Pavone, of AZ Pawn, collects, refurbishes and donates motorized wheelchairs to those families who can’t afford them or their insurance won’t cover, like 9-year-old Angel Hernandez’s family.
“It makes his life different. He was pretty much in a little stroller before. This is going to be much better for him,” said Angel’s dad, Jose Hernandez.
It’ll be much better for Davis too, who said she’s not eligible for a new chair until 2021.
“I have a used one but it’s going bad,” Davis said.
Starting on Monday, Pavone and his friends will already be accepting new chairs for next year. They’ll refurbish the chairs and put in new batteries for each one.
“That’s why we do what we do, to give back to the community. A lot of these folks don’t have a very big life, they don’t have a lot to look forward to, they just want to be mobile and get out of their house,” said Bruce Falcone, a volunteer.
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