Matching a Donated Electric Wheelchair with a Young Man in Great Need

A few months ago the AECDC staff received a call from a distressed mother. Her son, 20 years old, had been in a serious car accident, and was ending rehab services, getting ready to be released. Unfortunately, he had suffered a severe injury that caused multiple fractures of his spinal cord, and he will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Our Program Director, Norka Torres, visited the son and his mother in the rehab center to assess what he was going to need when he was discharged.  She then made several referrals, including to a psychiatrist to help the son cope with his new limited, life situation.
The AECDC was able to help directly by providing the electric wheelchair that would enable the mother to care for her son.  As is our current practice, we did this through a phone match from a donor who had called us to offer such a specialized chair that was no longer in use.  Working with our NJ Youth Corps volunteers, we were able to pick up the wheelchair from the donor and bring it to the mother’s house.
When her son is finally able to return home, a major issue his care is now addressed.
Our HELP (Health Equipment Loan Program) is entering its 17th year of service to the Middlesex County community.  We serve individuals and families of all ages who cannot afford such equipment, or do not have insurance that covers it.  In spite of growing limits in our AECDC storage space and staff time, we are working to continue this valuable durable medical by making such matches.  Please let us know if you have such equipment to donate:  732-296-9922; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Mitzvah-Matching for Durable Medical Equipment

The AECDC receives frequent requests for hospital beds, but doesn't have the storage space to keep them.  However, we try to match donors and recipients whenever possible.

Andrea Wendler, who has been on our staff for more than five years, is in charge of this.  Recently she had a rewarding experience:  a 52 year old in North Brunswick with a terminal illness needed a hospital bed, and had found the AECDC on-line.

Unfortunately, we did not know of any beds available.

But that very same day, Andrea received a call from a woman whose mother had died, and who had requested that her equipment be donated where it was most needed.  She had heard about us from a senior day care center in Milltown.

Transportation is a second issue that comes up with such large items.  In this case, not only did the daughter and son-in-law want to donate the bed through our program, they also transported the bed to the client's home and re-assembled it there.

Andrea was very pleased to make this match, and we all feel very fortunate when this works out.

Hundreds of Hats Help Babies Stay Warm

In Spring, 2005, the AECDC's then-president, Deborah Cherniss, began “Knitting for Newborns” to add warmth and color to the AECDC's new baby-related programs for low-income families.

Since then, hundreds of hats (and blankets) have come from individuals and groups such as Brandeis Women, Hadassah, and shops like Pins and Needles in Princeton, NJ.

Handmade hats blankets

They go to our many little clients (we serve over 700 families a year) and to area hospitals and Neonatal Intensive Care Units that care for fragile and disabled infants.

The hats range from very, very small (for premies) to large infant size.  They often are paired with our Diaper Program, keeping both little tops and bottoms warm and dry.

For information on knitting hats, please click here.



AECDC provides free Baby Formula, Equipment and Diapers, plus wipes, clothing and other items that are crucial to keeping babies and young children healthy and growing! AECDC is the only diaper bank in Central NJ, and is affiliated with the National Diaper Bank Network.



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AECDC loans medical equipment at no charge such as shower seats, walkers and wheelchairs.  Without assistance, our elderly and disabled are often isolated and unable to sustain a healthy quality of life.


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