Yonkers, NY -July is Disability Pride Month, with local nonprofits celebrating volunteers.
Cindy Hsu of CBS2 YonkersWhere the group is changing lives there and around the world.
Recently, there was an award ceremony for more than 200 volunteers with special needs. AFYA FoundationMeans “health” in Swahili.
This group collects and organizes medicines from hospitals in the United States. These medicines are discarded due to strict state regulations. Danielle Butin is the founder of AFYA.
“That is, it’s a very noteworthy part. Every item in this warehouse would have been thrown away like everything,” Butin said.
Instead, the group rescues supplies and sends them to Africa, Puerto Rico, and now Ukraine, where they are desperately needed.
“The reality of Ukraine today is that the supplies we are looking for are battlefield medicine. We are looking for cutting kits,” Butin said.
And biomedical equipment. AFYA has already sent millions of dollars worth of supplies, only the requested items.
Among the more than 3,000 volunteers who help classify all equipment, there are hundreds with special needs.
“I like people, the environment, and helping people in need of medicines,” said volunteer Karen. “I’m really honored to be able to help many people.”
It’s a win-win for everyone. Butin is an occupational therapist and has OT students work with volunteers.
Jimmy Quan loves dancing and has learning disabilities. He started volunteering at AFYA six years ago and was unable to read or write.
“They taught me how to read and write, and I know all the items here. I can identify them and number them lots. They are in 4 digits. He taught me how to make a budget, “Kuang said.
After a year of volunteering, Kuang was hired to work in a warehouse.
“I felt very good. I was crying. I was calling everyone that I got a job,” Kuan said.
The AFYA Foundation is funded by a charitable grant.
Disability Pride Month: Yonkers Nonprofit Collecting Medicines Honors 200 Special Needs Volunteers
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