helping DC community friends

By edvel54 Latest Reply 2016-05-27 12:12:36 -0500
Started 2011-06-16 06:17:15 -0500

Is there a reason why this community doesn't have somewhere, where we could send extra meters, test strips, lancets etc…too, for other members that can't afford them.?

There are so many people without insurance / jobs or have been in severe weather storms that could use our extra's. I have 3 meters myself..I don;t need them.

They could pay just the would help everyone involved…cleaning out old supplies and give to others than need them.

I have a spare closet and I would be willing to do this.

What does everyone think? Would you help?

14 replies

BJHerr 2016-05-27 12:12:36 -0500 Report

Samaritans Purse will accept sterile (unopened) packages of syringes and lancets. I am in NC and I have shipped them to an address in Boone NC.
Google this organization and find location nearest you!

rij061258 2011-06-16 20:09:37 -0500 Report

I have a meter that I got for free that I'm not using. It came after My dr gave me a script for one. I know that there are several company's that give them away on the web. It's just too bad they don't put more than 25 strips with them.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-16 14:47:45 -0500 Report

from time to time i see listings on craigs list for donations of extra supplies that they use for comunity clinics and such for those less fortunate. i personally don't have extras because i dont have insurance and have to use the community clinics myself. they can be a life saver for people like me. God bless all of you who share your blessings with the less fortunate.

GabbyPA 2011-06-17 07:57:50 -0500 Report

Yes, and also churches do something similar sometimes. The church my mom attends takes donations of supplies to help the people in the forest up here.

Harlen 2011-06-16 14:40:51 -0500 Report

When I have extra I just post it here and somone that needs it I will send it to them lol and I have done it and will do it again
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2011-06-16 08:02:11 -0500 Report

There are a lot of us who have done this kind of thing on a personal level. From time to time someone will post they have extras of something and the person in need has approached them privately. I pay for all of my stuff out of pocket, no insurance. So I would have no qualms about sharing my extras.

However, the regulations for dealing with insurance paid supplies and gifting them out can end up in insurance fraud. It's all tricky and you would think that we could do something about it. It's like the restaurants that throw the food away at the end of the night instead of sharing it with the homeless....regulations.

I have sent your post to the team to see if there is a way that could work.

nanaellen 2011-06-17 10:05:40 -0500 Report

I know ALL about the food that gets wasted in restaurants!! When I first started cooking at the Officer's Club at the Navy Base I wanted to cry at all the food that was thrown away!! Whole Prime Ribs that weren't even touched!!! I often argued with my boss about it! There are people starving out there and your throwing it away??!!?? It's just so wrong!!! They should at least give it to the soup kitchens or day-care or SOMEONE!!!! I think they should come up with a "release" form and FEED hungry people!!

GabbyPA 2011-06-18 08:01:21 -0500 Report

It is our sue happy and over regulated generation that makes this such a mess. Things that make perfect sense are regulated to death and discounted. It is a sad thing indeed.

marla50 2011-06-17 09:00:53 -0500 Report

I have an enourmas supply of syringes and I have 2 vials of lantus insulin. I hate that they are just sitting there in storage. I went years without insurance. It's difficult and scary. I to am concerned about the insurance fraud. But if it was an unanimous donation…I'd like to help someone if I can.

majikinfl 2011-06-16 13:11:13 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, had not considered the Insurance part. I do have stuff given me free of charge. I had no insurance until Jun 1 and have still not received help from my insurance carrier. I know many others are stretched very thin. Thanks for post.

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