Brand new, state of the art, out of the box wheelchair vans will, of course, always be welcome. But the problem is that many of those organizations and institutions that require these vans simply cannot afford them. It is not even possible for them to purchase used wheelchair vans from well-meaning service providers of which, thankfully, they are readily available. They want to be of service to those in need and are continuously calling on privileged others to sell them their used wheelchair vans when no longer needed.
Used wheelchairs are not even possible because even as used and restored vehicles, they remain priced out of the hands of those most in need. The reason why even used vehicles remain expensive is because they are specialized units and special mechanical and engineering skills are required to service them and bring them to a workable condition. Also, the source and supply, and even building, of rare specialized spare parts, are an expensive and arduous industry.
Nevertheless, the chairs and the vans remain necessary. In spite of improved standards of living in general, more and more people continue to fall through the socio-economic cracks. And these poor folks do have a tendency to fall ill and become susceptible to serious diseases a lot more often than those of average income and living standards. They simply do not have enough resources to take proper care of themselves, and depending where in the world you are looking at this crisis, public health services continue to give them the rawest of deals.
Fortunately, men and women can collectively open their pockets to these worthy causes. The more people that invest in time, money and labor to bring used wheelchairs and used wheelchair vans to those most in need, the better.
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