Do you have medical equipment you no longer use? This can range from crutches from when you broke your leg to a wheelchair that you no longer have any use for. Returning this equipment isn’t an option, and throwing it out is a wasteful end for something that someone else can otherwise use. Fortunately, several nonprofit organizations will take this equipment and distribute it to those who need it all around the world.
In addition to the following organizations, contact your local nonprofits as well—like Goodwill or homeless shelters—to see if they will accept this equipment and make it available to your community.
Med-Eq is a United States-based organization that matches donated supplies to charities across the country and distributes it to them. All you have to do is go to an individual’s (or family’s) donation page and type out the item, your location, and whether or not the item can be shipped or must be picked up in person. A charity associated with Med-Eq will then contact you about the details and match you with an organization. Plus, by donating, you can receive a tax deduction receipt from whoever you’re matched with at the end.
Project C.U.R.E. is a cargo delivery program that delivers semi-trailer-sized cargo containers of medical donations to under-resourced hospitals, clinics, and community health centers to various developing countries. In addition to donations, C.U.R.E. sends out their own suitcase-sized kits that are prepacked with basic, easy-to-transport medical supplies. These kits can be checked as regular luggage in airports and taken to whichever in-need community you’re headed to next. Project C.U.R.E. has six large distribution centers across the United States that both receives and ships equipment donations, and it offers tax deduction receipts to those who donate.
Not Just Tourists
Not Just Tourists is a Canadian nonprofit organization with suitcases full of medical supplies. These suitcases—which are typically filled with supplies such as gauze, bandages, masks, gloves, antiseptics, IV kits, and birthing kits—are sent with travelers to village clinics in remote areas of the world. Though it sounds simple enough, Not Just Tourists has a strict donation, packing, and shipping process in Toronto that must be followed.