Catholics pick up crutches and canes in Saco area to help Africans in need

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Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco collects crutches, wheelchairs and canes for “Crutches 4 Africa”, an organization that has collected, shipped and distributed over 160,000 mobility devices in more than 20 African countries. Courtesy photo

CESO – A large collection box in the lobby of Most Holy Trinity Church, located at 271 Main Street in Saco, will soon be stocked with crutches, canes and wheelchairs to help fill the hearts and needs of Africans without access to reliable mobility devices.

“Once our boxes are full, we can call Saco Rotary to come and empty them so new donations can be placed inside,” said Bonnie Buechs, social justice president for Good Shepherd Ward, of which Most Holy Trinity Church is part.

The process is part of Good Shepherd Parish’s support of “Crutches 4 Africa”, an organization that has collected, shipped and distributed over 160,000 mobility devices in more than 20 African countries.

“While in Uganda in 2005, I saw people who had survived polio. Often they are rejected in their communities, ”said Dave Talbot, founder of“ Crutches 4 Africa ”. “I realized that many people have a lightly used mobility device that they no longer need because of a bent ankle, a skiing accident or an operation. I’ve seen crutches in garage sales, in dumpsters and, unfortunately, in landfill containers. I knew I had to do something.

“Crutches 4 Africa” was born and many benevolent groups across the country responded quickly by supporting the cause, including Good Shepherd Parish, which continually encourages donations from parishioners and community members in Saco, Biddeford, Lyman and Old Orchard. Beach. This year’s collection will run until September.

“We have been doing this for many years,” Buechs said. “Their mission is to deliver mobility devices and distribute them for free, regardless of a person’s race, gender, tribe, age or religion. This project is making a huge difference to so many people and we are happy to lend a helping hand.

To donate, simply bring a mobility device into the lobby of Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. For more information, contact Good Shepherd Parish at (207) 282-3321.

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