The Minnesota Foundation DAV Donor Connect Program had another successful year. During 2014 over 600 pieces of used durable medical equipment valued at over $750,000 was transferred to Minnesota Veterans and/or family members across the state. The program has been in place several years with the goal to help build better lives for all Minnesota Veterans and their families at no cost to tax payers. All donations are fully tax deductible.
We wish to thank the many partners and friends that continue to help make the program successful including; DAV Chapters, County Veteran Service Officers, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Organization, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Transtech Mobility, Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, and MN Social Services. Several of our DAV Chapters across the state have designated equipment coordinators focused on collecting and dispersing equipment to meet the needs of Veterans in their area. Locations include; Minneapolis Chapter 1, St Paul Chapter 2, Duluth Chapter 6, Bemidji Chapter 7, St Cloud Chapter 9, Mankato Chapter 10, Little Falls Chapter 12, Grand Rapids Chapter 13, New Ulm Chapter 15, Carlton Chapter 18, Detroit Lakes Chapter 31, Hutchinson Chapter 37, Anoka Chapter 39.
Below are a few examples of our Veterans and/or Family Members receiving used durable equipment donations.
|Power Wheel Chair for WWII Veteran||Power Scooter for Korean Veteran||Wheelchair Ramp for WWII Veteran’s Wife||Lift Recliner Chair for Vietnam Veteran|
Following are typical items being donated.
- 130 Home Care Aids; Walk-In Tubs, Vision Magnifiers, Commodes, Show/Tub Chairs, Toilet Seat Risers
- 79 Electric Wheelchairs
- 66 Hospital Beds
- 59 Folding Wheelchairs
- 46 Power Scooters
- 46 Lift Recliner Chairs
- 30 Four Wheel Walkers
- 13 Stair Chair Lift Systems
- 7 Vehicle Lift Systems
- 5 Aluminum Ramps
- 5 Patient Lift Systems
- 2004 Dodge Rollx Conversion Van
- 1998 Plymouth Handicap Equipped Van
In addition, over 1,000 HuryCanes donated by Martfive Company and dispersed to Veterans in Minnesota.
Arrow Electronics donated eleven new folding wheel chairs as part of their “Build a Wheelchair” team building exercise involved the assembling of 11 new folding wheelchairs and upon completion of the exercise, the chairs were quality inspected and presented to the DAV of MN Foundations Donor Connect Program. Each team wrote and attached a letter for the Veteran receiving the chair.
To the owner of this new wheelchair!
It is our honor to assemble this chair in the hopes that it will provide a positive turn in your life. We thank you for your service to our country. Your time of service and dedication does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. It is because of people like you that we live in the great U.S.A., in a world of freedom and choices. Thank you for your unwavering bravery! We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to help make a positive change in your life.
We are pleased that through this program we are answering so many unmet needs for Veterans and their families in Minnesota.
If you have any questions about the Donor Connect Program, contact program manager Gerry Falkowski, at 651-210-1161 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.