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Pawn Shop Owner Gives Motorized Wheelchairs to More Than 580 People

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

For the last 9 years, Philip Pavone of Connecticut, has collected unwanted motorized wheelchairs, refurbished them, and given them away during the holiday season to people who cannot afford them.

To date, he has given away more than 580 motorized chairs through his program AZ Pawn's Gift of Mobility.

This holiday season, Mr. Pavone aims to give at least 100 more chairs and scooters to those in need—without collecting a dime. He recently was honored as a GoFundMe Hero for his efforts so far, which will help promote his goal of raising $50,000 for the collecting and repairing of even more unwanted chairs.

If you would like to contribute, you can visit his GoFundMe campaign here.

Applications for the holiday giveaway will be accepted starting September 1, 2019, for anyone who can pick them up in the Norwich area: Send a letter to AZ Pawn Gift of Mobility, 442 East Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360.

If you want to donate a chair, you can email


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