North Kingstown, RI – Mobility Equipment Recyclers of New England held their 5th annual Gift Of Mobility event on Saturday, December 16th at their storefront on Post Road. Approximately 50 attendees were on hand for the event, including contest participants seeking increased independence, their families and community members. Event-goers traveled as far away from Boston to attend.
Recipients were selected at random to take home the medical device of their choosing. Among the items given away were a Jazzy and Hoveround power wheelchair, a Pride Go-Go scooter, a walker, shower chair and transport wheelchairs — all in the name of expanded mobility.
Michael Leavitt, the recipient of a refurbished mobility scooter, didn’t know what to expect when he arrived. But he’s sure glad he came. “This scooter is going to help me with walking and doing things that I used to do that I can’t do anymore because of my [limited] mobility. It’s going to get me shopping with the wife again. I’ll be able to move around with the baby now because I can’t carry her and walk. This scooter will help me hold her, and I think [the baby] will like it more than I will!”
Owner John Perrotti took some time after the show to reflect on how far the Gift Of Mobility has come. “It’s simply amazing,” Perrotti said after the event. “It’s grown exponentially since our humble beginnings. This is the first year we’ve held the giveaway ceremony at our store and the turnout was amazing. The store was packed with people. And it puts a big smile on all of our faces to see people receive medical equipment that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.” Special guest Congressman Jim Langevin was also on hand to take in the festivities.
Lately, West Warwick resident Anne Lussier-Brooks has been feeling trapped inside of her own home. On Saturday, she was the recipient of a Hoveround power wheelchair after her sister decided to sign her up for the giveaway.
“It will definitely allow me to move around a lot more freely than what I am right now. I’m kind of trapped in my house. I think it will give me a little more independence than what I’ve been experiencing, and really get me on the road to just be independent without having to call and ask [for help]. That’s huge for me.”
Formerly known as Power Chair Recyclers of New England, Mobility Equipment Recyclers is New England’s largest provider of secondhand durable medical equipment. The company was founded five years ago by Perrotti with the mission of providing high-quality power chairs and other medical equipment at just a fraction of the cost. This mission was born from the belief that living comfortably is something that no single person should do without.
Mobility Equipment Recyclers of New England are experts at salvaging medical equipment and providing it to those in need. All components are reused and diverted from landfills. The company’s goals are to simultaneously reduce and divert landfill waste while placing medical equipment in the hands of those who need it most. Refurbished chairs and medical equipment is available for sale and rental, and individual parts and accessories are also available for purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the country.
For more information about their services visit PowerChairRecyclers.com or call 401-294-4111.