Restored wheelchairs, walkers and crutches donated with help of Walmart, Wheels for the World

The Taft Correctional Institution has teamed up with Walmart to provide approximately 350 wheelchairs, which includes pediatric and specialty wheelchairs, 100 pairs of crutches, 35 walking canes, and 100 walkers to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“There’s such a great need right now to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and we want to do all that we can,” said Warden Craig Apker. “Through our partnership with Joni and Friends and Wheels for the World, the inmates at our facility are restoring used wheelchairs to help victims of the devastating storm. This means a lot to the staff and inmates who work in Wheels for the World.”

Wheels for the World is a program at the Taft Correctional Institution where inmates are trained to restore wheelchairs to like-new condition. The inmates learn teamwork and the mechanical skills required to produce a product that makes a difference in someone’s life.

Ordinarily, after wheelchairs have been restored to like-new condition, they are shipped to Mexico, Guatemala, Jordan, Philippines, Thailand, Iraq, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic where they are distributed through Joni and Friends International Ministry Outreaches and Harvest Project program.

However, due to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, on September 7, 2017, Wheels for the World and the Taft Correctional Institution donated these items to individuals and families impacted by the hurricane. Walmart transported the wheelchairs and other medical devices to Texas where they will be distributed by Joni and Friends International Ministry Outreaches to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.