Riverwalk Partners with Joni and Friends for Wheelchair Drive

Riverwalk Partners with Joni and Friends for Wheelchair Drive

Lawrence, MA March 6, 2023

Riverwalk Innovation District and Sal Lupoli are partnering with Joni and Friends to collect wheelchairs during March, which is Wheelchair Collection Month. Joni and Friends, located at Riverwalk, is a leading global ministry serving people impacted by disability for more than 40 years.

More than 75 million people worldwide are in need of a wheelchair, yet only 5-15% have access to one. Throughout the month of March, Joni and Friends New England is collecting wheelchairs and other mobility devices for their Wheels for the World program. Donated wheelchairs are restored and provided to people with disabilities around the world.

Wheelchairs can be dropped at this local collection site:

Joni and Friends New England

When: 370 Merrimack St, Unit 115, Lawrence, MA.

When: Monday – Friday 9 AM to 5 PM

Contact: 978-620-0606 or hbollacke@joniandfriends.org


Joni and Friends accepts donations of the following mobility devices:

  • Manual wheelchairs Aluminum walkers
  • Crutches and canes Wheelchair parts such as footrests, trays, and seat cushions

“If you have a used manual wheelchair, please don’t throw it out,” said Maria DeGenova, Area Director, New England. “By donating your used manual wheelchair, you can change a life physically, spiritually, and emotionally.”

“We love partnering with Joni and Friends each year for their wheelchair drive,” said Sal Lupoli of Riverwalk. “We wholeheartedly support their mission and encourage you to donate any unused mobility devices you may have.”

 About Joni and Friends

For more than 40 years, Joni and Friends has provided the hope of the Gospel and practical care to people living with disability around the globe. Ministry programs include Joni’s House, Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, and disability ministry training. Joni and Friends also delivers daily inspirational media through radio programs and podcasts. To find out more, please visit www.joniandfriends.org.

The Joni and Friends Wheels for the World program was founded by Joni Eareckson Tada in 1994. Since that time, Joni and Friends has provided more than 215,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to people impacted by disability around the globe. This month, the ministry is encouraging everyone to donate used manual wheelchairs and other mobility devices to Wheels for the World for a tax-deductible receipt. Donated items will be restored to like-new condition and distributed by a team of physical therapists to people who could otherwise never afford a wheelchair.

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