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Wheels of Hope is dedicated to keeping wheelchairs, medical supplies and other DME out of landfills. Every item we receive is either refurbished, dismantled and sorted for recyclable parts, or we find other ministries that can use medical supplies. Lastly, if no use can be found or made, donations are cleaned and recycled.

This year, we received a surprise financial gift from the Kimble Foundation. Our Board of Directors elected to allocate the funds for a long-overdue clean-out of our warehouse of long-accumulated damaged donations that we cannot recondition to distribute overseas (No Junk for Jesus!) We allocated funds to set up a second day for Director of Operations, Patrick Rimke, to assess, sort, clean and move out these materials to recycling facilities. We also allocated funds to buy any needed parts to make some of the broken things whole again to ship overseas to help those who need it most.

The result? We have thus far recycled gel cell batteries from power wheelchairs, aluminum from damaged walkers, bent or broken wheelchair parts and other miscellaneous goods. These different metals were cleaned, sorted and delivered to Jeffco which recycles scrap metal for re-use. We received an additional small fee of $438, not enough to offset our costs, so the grant from Kimble made this service feasible.

Seven pallets of flattened cardboard boxes were also delivered to River Valley Paper. We have more to recycle and look forward to volunteer crews to help on Saturday Warehouse Whip-it events Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th.

We partnered with Jay’s Recycling to scrap and recycle our broken and damaged steel. Presently, we are accumulating more steel and mixed metals to make it worth another trip. It is best to have 3-4 tons at a time, and the price per ton has been low over the years. Jay works hard!

We have plastic parts from damaged bathroom aids to recycle. We will take our broken plastics to the Kimble recycle plant near our facility, once we have enough.

We receive medical supplies that our partnering in-country organizations (The RICD Wheelchair Project in Thailand and Christo Ayuda in Chile) can’t use, like aerosol machines, ventilators, oxygen equipment, adult diapers, bandages and other home medical devices. We re-donate these to Central American Medical Outreach, Vine International and other local ministries that distribute these items to Honduras and Guatemala.

Many heartfelt thanks to the Kimble Foundation for assisting us with our recycling efforts for those broken pieces and parts that remain unfit for distribution to persons with disabilities, and for giving that forgotten wheelchair that only needs a wheel-lock a chance to bless someone in need!

Last Saturday (March 24) five new friends came to help kick-off our new

Warehouse Volunteer Recycling Project

Join us from 9am – 2pm every Second and Fourth Saturday
April 14 & 28; May 12 & 26;
June 16 & 30; July 14 & 28; August 11 & 25
September 8 & 22 and October 13 & 27

It’s time to move mountains!

Reduce. reuse, recycle: broken rollators are reused and recycled. Wheels of Hope volunteers take apart the broken equipment, sort usable parts for reuse at overseas workshops where the reconditioned rollators are distributed. The broken aluminum pieces are scrap-metal recycled to help support Wheels of Hope operations. Nearby landfills are reduced!

Lynda Rimke taking apart a rollator

Paul Mack taking apart a rollator March 24th

Larry Brainard taking apart a rollator March 24th

Boxes of parts from 6 rollators awaiting shipment to a partnering overseas repair shop

A box of scrap aluminum from the same 6 broken rollators

Cardboard mountains are also recycled!

On March 24th, Wanna, Savanna and Langley from Bethel Temple AG in Canton have faith to move this mountain!

Their new, neat stacks await recycling! Great job, ladies!

Join us next time on Saturday April 14th!