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      Donations of wheelchairs, canes, walkers needed for 'Wheels for the World' project

      Students at Indian Hills Community College are collecting donations of wheelchairs, crutches, canes and walkers to donate to those less fortunate.

      The Physical Therapist Assistant Club and Occupational Therapist Assistant Club are participating in the Wheels for the World project with this effort. Donations can be in any state of use or disrepair, because after collection, they're sent to correctional facilities across the country where prisoners will learn to repair them. From there, they're sent to people with disabilities in Third World countries.

      "It's really just a win-win situation, basically we got to clean out our closets of all that stuff that we never use or that's been collecting dust, people in correctional facilities get to learn a new skill and do something good for the community and people in Third World countries get items they need," said Caroline Peyrone, Director of the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs. "So really it's a no-lose situation."

      In addition, Peyrone said the students that participate in this project learn a sense of community service.

      You can drop off any donations (crutches, canes, walkers, etc have to be metal, the project does not accept materials made of wood) at the Rural Health Education Center on the Ottumwa IHCC campus from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday.