AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Wheelchairs are an important piece of medical equipment to help an injured person get around or be taken somewhere. And to help with that, the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter donated seven wheelchairs to Austintown Fitch High School.

The donation included six wheelchairs and a knee walker. Vital equipment for a school with multiple levels.

“We have wheelchairs that are falling apart, so it was nice that they did that,” said Melissa Ellis, Austintown Schools medical assistant. “When we have students that get injured upstairs, and we can’t carry them down ourselves, so it’s nice to be able to use a wheelchair.

The Disabled American Veterans routinely throw out requests for wheelchairs which it can pass along. And those collections have been overwhelmingly successful.

“We have a lot of wheelchairs, scooters, we just don’t have the space to keep them all now,” said Don White, commander of DAV.

DAV is storing wheelchairs in five locations. In the last year, it lent out over 110 pieces of equipment to veterans and their families. It wanted the extras to be used, so it called Austintown Schools, which was happy to take them.

“Our slogan is veterans helping veterans, but hey we help the community, too,” said Bob Cooper, DAV treasurer.

The Disabled American Veterans chapter also has five fancy high-tech wheelchairs for people with MS or cerebral palsy. If you need one of those, it would love to connect with you.