The Employee Activities Committee at the Hospital for Special Surgery is hosting a hospital-wide crutch drive for Crutches 4 Kids October 7-18th! Please help us spread the word. See attached flyer for drop-off bin details on the UES of Manhattan (near 70th & York).
There are millions children are in need of crutches around the world.
These children are unable to walk due to debilitating infectious diseases, chronic conditions, armed conflict, accidents, and natural disasters.
Crutches are a rare and valuable commodity in many parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Only 5-15% of people in low-income countries get the crutches they need because of cost, lack of government planning and resources, inaccessible medical centers, and a lack of in-country supply.
When a child cannot walk, he or she cannot go to school, play with friends, or access food and water without a caregiver. Children with disabilities are often victims of abuse and neglect.
Each year, 10 million crutches are sold in the U.S. for short-term rehabilitation.
Across America, there are millions of crutches sitting unused in closets, attics and garages.
Crutches 4 Kids bridges the gap between the supply and demand of crutches to liberate and empower children with physical disabilities around the world. We collect crutches in the U.S. and distributes them to children in need.
By enabling a child to walk, Crutches 4 Kids sows the seeds of dignity, independence and hope. A simple pair of crutches enables a child living in extreme poverty to go to school, play with friends, access food and water, participate more fully in communal life, and improve his or her self-image and sense of self-worth.