Prisoners Refurbish Wheelchairs Destined For Third World
February 3, 2004
ELLSWORTH, KANSAS--Every month, inmates in the Wheels for the World program at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, refurbish more than 80 wheelchairs, the Topeka Capitol-Journal reported Tuesday.
Since the program was started a year ago, the prisoners have cleaned, repaired and refurbished more than 1,000 wheelchairs, all designated for poor people in Third World countries.
"There's millions of people out there who don't have hope," said inmate Jeffery Burnham. "When they get a wheelchair, it changes their life."
Wheels for the World was established by Joni and Friends Ministries, named for founder Joni Eareckson Tada. Many of the inmates involved in the wheelchair program also participate in the InterChange Freedom Initiative.
"I'm not meant to be a preacher, but I'm pretty good at mending wheelchairs," explained inmate Ronnie Busick. "That's my ministry."
"Inmates give wheels to the world's poor" (Topeka Capital-Journal)
Wheels for the world (Joni and Friends)