Civic Duty Helps Quadriplegic Dedicated to Providing “Wheels of Mercy”

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For more than 10 years quadriplegic Charles Monson has been custom-fitting wheelchairs and other mobility devices for those in need through his organization, "Wheels of Mercy." Civic Duty is pleased and honored to support Monson, whose heroic efforts have helped hundreds throughout the U.S. and now in Ghana to receive the gift of “wheels.”

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Civic Duty and co-founders Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi announce their support for Wheels of Mercy, an organization dedicated to providing custom fit wheelchairs as well as crutches, canes and walkers to people with limited mobility both in the United States and abroad.

“This is the only charity that provides customized wheel chairs to people in need,” says Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founder of Civic Duty. “My brother and I are honored to support and sponsor this fantastic organization, which gives people without mobility the opportunity to live fuller, more productive lives.”

Wheels of Mercy (http://www.wheelsofmercy.org) was founded in 2003 by Charles Monson, himself a quadriplegic, who decided that he would collect unused wheelchairs and give them to people in need. Prior to distribution, all of the wheelchairs are refurbished to like-new condition and many are customized to suit the special needs of the users since a wheelchair that is poorly formed can actually encourage spinal deformities and sores.

People who are wheelchair-bound generally use several chairs in their lifetimes. These chairs, which can cost anywhere between $1,000 for a manual chair all the way up to $8,000 for a power one, tend to sit in basements, attics and garages accumulating dust and rust. Wheels of Mercy collaborates with Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Durable Medical Equipment providers and nursing care facilities, to collect unused chairs, update and redistribute them.

In 2011, Wheels of Mercy extended its reach through a partnership with Pastor Dusu Emmanuel to provide mobility to more than 100 villagers throughout Ghana. Wheels of Mercy is raising funds to not only provide each and every immobile villager with a wheelchair but also to fly representatives out to personally customize the chairs in accordance with the recipient’s personal needs.

Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world.    Mahatma Gandhi once said that, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” To get involved and help make a difference, send us a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Civic-Duty/231915443605051?fref=ts as well as Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter.

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