Hasco launches new crowdfunding site
LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Accessible vehicles are expensive, but most wheelchair users can’t get from Point A to Point B without them.
Hasco Medical hopes its new site, Wedeliverfreedom.com, will help.
“People with disabilities have a hard time making money,” said Damon Didier, director of marketing. “We get calls all the time, and we’d love to help—and we do give some vans away. But this way, we can help more people out.”
Wedeliverfreedom.com allows site visitors a chance to donate as little as $5 toward wheelchair users raising money for a mobility van. The site follows in the tradition of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, which allow people from all over the world to contribute as much money as they want to projects they believe in.
At Wedeliverfreedom.com, each wheelchair user has his or her own page with a photo and personal story; the page also tracks the donations.
“We’re trying to help people make bigger down payments,” said Didier. “It’s tough to raise $34,000, but they might be able to find 75 people willing to donate $100.”
Hasco is spreading the word through Facebook and Twitter, and relying on wheelchair users to spread the word to their own friends, families and communities.
“This is not something you put on the web and it just happens,” said Didier.
Eligible wheelchair users must be within Hasco’s footprint, which currently covers most of the East Coast. Didier hopes to help as many as three or four wheelchair users a month.
“We want to help as many people as possible,” he said.
The first wheelchair user to launch a campaign on wedeliverfreedom.com is Hannah, a little girl who lives with cerebral palsy, seizures and is unable to speak, all due to an accident suffered in the delivery room.
“Your heart breaks to hear her story—she has to use two ramps and a lawnmower to get into a vehicle,” said Didier. “An accessible vehicle is something her family cannot afford, but it’s critical that she has.”
Hannah’s family will send funders thank-you videos and notes. At press time, Hannah’s page had reached $1,390 of a $7,500 goal with two weeks left.