Phil Pavone is accepting letters for consideration at this time for his 8th annual Gift of Mobility Give Away to be held at the Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT on Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 am.
After receiving neck cancer treatment in 2008, Pavone wanted to help others. He saw that many veterans, children and others were slipping through the cracks and were unable to get motorized chairs and scooters to help them in their daily lives.
Donations of motorized wheelchairs and scooters awaiting their new owners
“There is no other program like this in the United States. We get donations from all parts of the state of Connecticut,” Pavone said.
He began collecting unwanted scooters and chairs, repairing them and replacing batteries as needed. Pavone starts accepting donations of motorized scooters and chairs the prior February before his holiday giveaway.
After reading the hundreds of letters requesting the devices, which are free of charge, Pavone gives priority to disabled veterans and the severely handicapped.
Those interested in receiving consideration for a motorized device should send their name, address, phone number, description of disabilities, weight and height whether they are right or left handed and type of chair needed to:
4412 East Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360
Those who are chosen must provide their own truck or van at the Holiday Inn, which has generously donated the room where the scooters and chairs will be located. Those receiving devices will be fitted properly for the chair or scooter.