Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics is collecting donations of pre-owned prosthetics until the end of October.

The limbs collected will be given to the Physicians for Peace program, which distributes donations around the world.

Prosthetics cannot be recycled locally because of U.S. law, but they're constantly being dispensed in third-world countries to people who need them, said Ability practice manager Sarah Wooden.

"Sure, we're putting people back to work, but we're also putting function back into their daily lives," she said.

Because of the expense of prosthetics, family members often keep them after a loved one dies and aren't sure what to do with them, Wooden said.

But there's a better use for them, she said.

"What would normally lie in an attic or basement can very well help a child take his first steps again," Wooden said.

Donations are accepted at the office at 960 S. George St. in York City between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 717-851-0156.

--Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurki n@yorkdispatch.com.