As a company who manufactures and sells wheelchair vans, we meet people with disabilities that are the result of many different injuries or diseases. Thankfully, there are many organizations that are determined to find cures and treatments and to make the lives of people with disabilities better.
We encourage all of our customers, readers and friends to give whenever and wherever they can. This holiday season, consider donating to one or more of these great organizations (listed alphabetically).
1) The ALS Association
Established in 1985, the ALS Association is a non-profit organization (NPO) dedicated to fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS). They are the only national organization with this mission.
2) The American Legion
Chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919, this organization is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization. They help by mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesale programs in many communities.
3) The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
The Reeve Foundation funds research and improves the lives of people who live with paralysis. They are dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries and more.
4) International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF)
Rett Syndrome is a lesser known postnatal neurological disorder that causes problems in brain function. IRSF is dedicated to research, family development, advocacy and awareness for those who suffer from the disorder.
5) Living Well Disability Services™
Living Well helps deliver services for people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. They help by providing residential services (daily living, therapy, etc.), housing transition services and wellness programming.
6) Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
MDA funds research involving treatments and cures for MDA as well as care for kids and families who suffer from the disease. They also empower families by providing services and support across the country.
7) Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
Paralyzed Veterans of America is a nationwide organization that helps veterans who suffer from paralysis secure benefits and new opportunities in their lives.
8) Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance to post-9/11 members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded, injured or critically ill.
9) United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
UCP provides education, advocacy and support services to people who suffer from a wide range of disabilities (their focus is on cerebral palsy).
10) Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
VFW’s mission is to advocate on behalf of all veterans and encourage camaraderie among the members of the community. They help veterans overcome mental and physical issues and so much more.
Time is Money
If you don’t have any money to give, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Just remember that many of these organizations accept volunteers. If you have any spare time, please consider volunteering. You can make a difference in the life of someone in need.
Do you have a favorite organization that you donate to? Let our community know by commenting below!