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Mobility ministry seeks help to meet goal

Mobility ministry seeks help to meet goal

PENNY FARMS -- PET Florida, which builds and ships specialized three-wheeled vehicles to impoverished people who have lost the use of their legs, is seeking volunteers and financial gifts to help meet a goal of supplying 700 mobility devices by June 30, 2014.

The ministry serves people in need in developing countries in Africa and Asia and depends on volunteer labor to assemble each unit at the PET facility in North Florida. The ministry began through the efforts of retired missionaries who saw firsthand the heart-wrenching and isolating effects of the loss of mobility for people who depend on walking to earn a living and obtain food and water. Even if they could afford wheelchairs, few would work for long on the rough roads in many areas, the missionaries say. The PET devices are specially designed to stand up to  primitive conditions and provide cargo space.

Each PET unit costs about $250 and could be sponsored by a small group or through an individual's monthly installments., said Barbara Chase, PET Florida's office manager. For information, click here.

To see a Florida Conference Connection report about the ministry, click here.