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Penney Farms PET mobility trying to match challenge grant

Penney Farms PET mobility trying to match challenge grant

PET founder Larry Hills on a PET cart
Retired missionary Larry Hills, a founder of the PET ministry, demonstrates how disabled recipients can use a PET cart to get around. FLUMC file photo.
PENNEY FARMS – The PET (Personal Energy Transportation) facility at this missionaries' retirement community in north Florida is hoping to expand its welding and machine shop in order to assemble and distribute more life-changing vehicles to people who have lost the use of their legs in some of the most impoverished places in the world.

Last year, volunteers at the facility produced and packed 800 hand-pedaled utility carts for shipping to communities in Africa and Asia, where people with birth defects or who lose the use of their legs through injury often are shunned or shut away from their neighbors. The sturdy, three-wheeled carts that can be pedaled by hand give recipients the means to re-enter society and make a living while also demonstrating Jesus' love through this gift of mobility from His disciples.

PET Penney Farms, supported by a number of churches in the Florida Conference, is accepting donations to match a $20,000 challenge grant that will go toward expanding the cramped quarters of the facility's machine shop. Donors who wish to participate can click here for more information, visit or drop off a check at their local United Methodist church made out to Florida Conference Treasurer with Special Advance No. 510031 written on the memo line.