Giving new life to unused medical supplies
There are many ways for you to get involved besides donating. Off the top of my head, you can help us make pickups. You can also help us store items, specifically durable medical equipment like walkers, and wheelchairs that tend to take up a lot of space; at a later time, should the need arise, we then might pick those items up from you to distribute where needed, etc.
My point is, there are lots of possibilities, lots of places where you can get involved, and we can work together. Remember that Second-breath isn't any ONE person's organization. It's a collective effort that functions as a guide for valuable resources out of our landfills into the hands of folks that need them and will use them.
Whatever your fancy, or if you have ideas for us, let us know in our message box above.
Please fill out the online form and tell us about what you want to donate and the quantity in the comments box. We will send you an email to work out the details. If you are located in Southern California, you can hand-off the supplies to our Los Angeles site, or if not possible, we can arrange a pickup, depending on the pickup address.
Here are some examples of items that we have been able to distribute domestically and abroad.
Durable medical equipment: canes, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches.
Wound care supplies: gauze, medical tape, packing strips, etc.
Surgical/ Anesthesia supplies: surgical instruments, sutures, endotracheal tubes, adult urinary catheters/ Foleys.
Diabetes care: glucometers, glucose test strips, lancets
This is by no means a comprehensive list. So when in doubt, just ask us.
RESTORING VISION. If you have new and unused reading glasses or sunglasses that you have no use for, contact Mark Sachs through his website (linked above) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
OPERATION MEDICAL LIBRARIES. Current textbooks in health sciences fields of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacology and physical therapy, as well as anatomy and basic science books are accepted and distributed internationally in an effort to shrink the educational gap in all areas of the health sciences in developing countries. Textbooks need to be new or gently used, contain current information and published within the last 5 years. Paper journal are too text heavy to be useful.
We are constantly receiving, sorting, and distributing supplies. Please contact us for a detailed inventory of what we currently have available.
If you, someone you know, your clinic, or your organization are interested in using some of our donated medical supplies, please contact us on the online form. Let us know about yourself or who you represent and what supplies you are interested in, whether on our inventory list or not; we will keep your wish list in mind.
Disclaimers: Second-Breath assumes no legal liability and is not held responsible for the donations accepted and distributed. All medical supplies are accepted and distributed "as is."
Second-Breath is NOT a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Therefore, it cannot issue tax-deductible receipts or reimburse donors for shipping costs.