NEWBERRY — Freedom & Hope Foundation recently received an anonymous donation of four state-of-the-art, all terrain wheelchairs — valued at $15,000 each — that will enhance hunting and fishing experiences for wounded veterans.
“In the past, we have entertained quadriplegics, but these chairs will open the door to host even more,” said Terry Cotney, executive director of Freedom & Hope Foundation. “We took the chairs to the woods and tried a few of them out with our deer stands, and drove them under them, and they worked well.”
The Foundation provides recreational therapy in the form of hunting and fishing for disabled veterans and children with life threatening illnesses, and according to Cotney, 100 percent of donations go to the children and the veterans.
“Everyone involved with the Freedom & Hope Foundation is a volunteer. I feel the more disabled a veteran is, the more I want to do for them,” said Cotney.
Cotney said the foundation had given a Track Chair to a man and during the ceremony a representative from the anonymous organization was in attendance. Ten days later, the chairs were donated.
Instead of giving the chairs away, the foundation will keep them so more veterans can benefit from their use at scheduled hunting and fishing trips hosted by the Freedom & Hope Foundation.
“I hope this will help get the word out to local wounded veterans, who are not members, to contact us, and join our organization,” said Cotney.
Cotney also hopes the donation will encourage local churches and businesses to get involved with the foundation, whether by sponsoring a veteran or donating food and water to the organization.
“We (Freedom & Hope Foundation) are always looking for churches to get involved to do meals, or host activities,” said Cotney. “It is not about the church or its denomination, it is about the cause.”
Cotney added that while the organization has many Chapin churches involved, they have very few Newberry Churches and are hoping to include more.
To learn more about the Freedom & Hope Foundation, visit www.freedomandhopefoundation.com/index.html.