100 million people around the world need a wheelchair but cannot afford one. We are changing that by delivering wheelchairs and other mobility devices to people in need all over the world. You can view the countries we’ve visited to donate chairs below, and if you’re interested in getting involved, we would love for you to partner with us!
Imagine not being able to leave your home, visit your church, go to work, attend school or engage in your community. Through the generosity of our donors, we have impacted thousands of individuals giving them the gift of mobility so they can participate in and strengthen their community.
In December 2020, we had the chance to partner with the remarkable Rotarians in Mexico! We had a wonderful time distributing 280 chairs to those in need and seeing the beautiful Mexican culture!
In October of 2020, we partnered with the amazing chef, Norman Van Aken, to host a virtual cooking class. With his support and the generosity of our donors, we raised over $35,000!
We started off 2021 strong with a distribution of 150 wheelchairs to Orange County Public Schools, positively impacting hundreds of students and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is estimated that at least 100 million children, teens and adults worldwide need a wheelchair but cannot afford one. Some international organizations believe that the number could be as high as 6% of the population of developing countries.
We can purchase and deliver a wheelchair to our distribution partners worldwide for an average of $150. This wheelchair would normally cost $500 in the U.S., but the large quantities that we purchase allow us to deliver each one for roughly $150, by a 280-wheelchair sea container. This same type of wheelchair sells for up to $1,700 US in some developing countries.
$150 buys a new wheelchair for a person in need and supports the mission of Chair the Love. To sponsor a container of 280 wheelchairs, please see our Get Involved page.
We distribute wheelchairs worldwide through a network of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that have ongoing humanitarian relief missions in the countries of wheelchair destination. These distribution partners handle all aspects of the importation and distribution of the wheelchairs to children that can now go to school, adults that can now go to work, and seniors that can once again become an active part of family life and society.
In Central Florida, we work with local hospitals, school systems and other disability-focused non-profit organizations to identify individuals in need in our own communities. We have sponsored events, built ramps and answered individual requests to improve the life of those with mobility issues locally.
We collect donations and then send containers of 280 wheelchairs each to our distribution partners in countries that have been identified as in great need. When sponsoring a container, you can pick a developing country from our list of approved destinations where we enjoy established and successful distribution relationships. There are currently 152 countries on the list.
Yes. The wheelchairs that we distribute are specifically designed for the rough conditions of developing countries. Extra heavy wheels, tires, and front casters, sealed bearings and nylon seating make these wheelchairs the best possible solution for most conditions.
You can help in the following ways:
- Donate today! Your tax-deductible donation can make the difference between people wanting to live or die.
- Get the word out! Tell your friends about the great work that you’re doing through Chair the Love!
- Join a committee! Our event planning committee works to host the best face-to-face and virtual events. For more information, visit our “Get Involved” page.
- Identify Corporate Sponsorships! Help us find corporations (maybe even your own) that have interests in supporting our cause – either at an event or on a distribution. We can target the sponsorship to specific a country, and we will put their logo on the wheelchairs identifying them as a sponsor of an entire wheelchair container. Through their generosity, hundreds of people will be given a new lease on life.