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Local Rotary Clubs Sponsor Electronics Recycling Event
Rotary Clubs of Tucker and Stone Mountain to Collect Working and Non-Working Electronics to Benefit Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
Event Will Also Collect Used Home Medical Equipment
Tucker GA (October 8, 2020) – The Rotary Club of Tucker and the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain will host an Electronics and HME (home medical equipment) Recycling Day on Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Handy Hardware, 3969 Lawrenceville Highway (Town Square Center) in Tucker, Georgia. The event will benefit Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC).
Working and non-working electronics (with the exception of CRT monitors and televisions) and gently used HME, such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, commode chairs and shower benches, will be accepted for recycling at no charge, but participants are encouraged to make a donation to FODAC. Funds and equipment collected from the event will support FODAC’s main program supplying HME to the mobility impaired and their caregivers, at little or no cost to the recipients.
The event will be held outside in the front of the shopping square parking lot facing Lawrenceville Highway; donors are not required to get out of their cars or make contact with volunteers, who will help remove donated items from the trunk or rear of vehicles. Volunteers will be masked and practice social distancing.
FODAC is based in Tucker but serves the Metro Atlanta community by providing recycled equipment for children and adults during or after a health crisis. Last year, FODAC donated over $14 million in equipment at little or no cost to recipients. FODAC, as a member of National VOAD and a partner with FEMA, also provides support in the wake of disasters; the organization is currently working to distribute critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, surgical gloves, and gowns to essential medical workers, and medical equipment like CPAPs and ventilators for patients.
For over thirty years, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) has helped people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $14 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 350 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less, and was recently awarded for the second year the Gold Seal of Transparency by Charity Navigator.
In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state. FODAC joined National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) in 2019, bringing to the organization much-needed expertise and experience in the area of disaster recovery for the disabled community.
In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.
For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit fodac.org. Follow FODAC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.