Giving new life to unused medical supplies

Over 7,000 tons of usable medical supplies are discarded every day in American hospitals and clinics. Most of these items are incinerated or deposited in landfills. 

Second-Breath, established in 2013 and now partnered with UC Davis School of Medicine, is an environmentally conscious, socially oriented cooperative for the advancement of community clinics and health centers in Sacramento and beyond. We take your unused medical supplies and help distribute them to areas of need.

Second-Breath functions due to the tremendous efforts of folks from ALL walks of life, representing a variety of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, first, second, third generation, immigrant, refugee etc... the list goes on.​​​​

We are each different, and yet many things unify us, our donors, recipients, neighbors, here and across the globe, not the least of which is our humanity and innate desire to do good on this Earth. 


Make a difference locally and globally.

Thanks to all who donated to our PPE drive! We had a tremendous outpouring of generosity. 

Please still consider donating your unused PPE. A list of relevant supplies are included below. We will coordinate your donation while minimizing person-to-person contact.

​PPE supplies list:

1. Masks (N95, surgical, or procedure)
2. Respirators (CAPR or powered air purifying respirators (PAPR))
​2. Protective eyewear (safety glasses, goggles, eye shields)
3. Latex or nitrile gloves
​4. Gowns (isolation or surgical gowns), coveralls, jumpsuits, painters smocks
​5. Shoe covers
6. Disinfecting wipes (Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes)
7. Hand sanitizer
8. Face shields