Old crutches, walkers can be recycled for needy disabled

A church on Syracuse's West Side is collecting used crutches and more to give to disabled needy

Most people don't throw out medical equipment that they used, and no longer need. Crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and more end up in basements and closets. Hearing aids get outdated. Now a Syracuse church is collecting them to recycle for disabled needy people.

Project Restoatione is taking donations of both unused items and money, to help disabled in Nigeria. Rev. Frankie Jackson says the next shipment will go, at the end of May. A member of the church, Sola Ogundola, a Nigerian who's been studying at Syracuse University, is coordinating the effort.

Salt of the Earth Ministries is also collecting donations to buy a van for the project. There's a fundraising dinner at the church on Friday, May 10th (5:30 - 7:30), with $10 tickets.

Dropoffs are accepted at the church, at 320 West Onondaga Street (the old St. Vincent de Paul building) Monday through Saturday. Phoning ahead is recommended: 423-3829. Donations are tax deductible.