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Local Volunteers Clean Wheelchairs

By Patrick McCreless

Holli Griffin uses a brush to scrub the grime away from a wheelchair wheel. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)Even wheelchairs sometimes need a tuneup.

Volunteers were on hand for a special wheelchair wash event at the Children’s Rehabilitation Service in Anniston Tuesday. The volunteers cleaned and repaired wheelchairs for area children and adults for free through most of the day. Along with employees from Children’s Rehabilitation, members of East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy and employees of an area wheelchair vendor, Alabama Wheelchairs, helped with the event.

“We’ve done events like this before in the past, but this is the first time we’ve done one since we moved into our new building a year and a half ago,” said Randy Whitt, field supervisor for Children’s Rehabilitation. “We hope to make this an annual event here.”

Children’s Rehabilitation, on Coleman Road, is part of a statewide program that provides medical and rehabilitative support for children with special care needs and their families. Along with medical care, the program helps children acquire medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, not covered by their insurance.

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