Donating to a worthy cause

By BreC Latest Reply 2015-01-05 08:34:11 -0600
Started 2015-01-04 16:22:04 -0600

My youngest daughter called me today and said the boyfriend of her mother-in-law had passed away. She went on to explain that this man was a diabetic and wanted to know if I wanted the supplies that were left behind. There is lancets, alcohol wipes, 2 meters, and syringes. I use the novolog flespen, the solostar lantus pen and the short pen needles for both. I explained that I don't use the syringes and suggested she donate the items to the Red Cross or our local Gods store house. We are not rich folks by any means but I thought they could be a Godsend to someone more needy. She agreed and said she would first call the Red Cross office. Have you ever donated such items.

5 replies

GabbyPA 2015-01-05 08:34:11 -0600 Report

Yes and that was great advice. Often people want to pass those things along but there are issues with who paid for them (private or insurance) and then giving them to private or public charities. Churches are a go to for us here in Florida. The laws differ so much. It's nuts. I'm glad they are getting into good hands.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-05 00:26:49 -0600 Report

So wish they could be sent to a third world country, I know they can't, but wow, what a box of lancets and meters and test strips and some insulin would do there ! Great thinking on your daughters and your part. HUGS Heidi

jayabee52 2015-01-04 22:48:23 -0600 Report

Howdy Bree
You might wish to check with your local health department.
They may know of a free or recuced fee diabetes clinic, or operate one themselves. They could distribute those non medicine items to those who need them. They may also take medications too, but they would probably dispose of them due to the danger of either deliberate or inadvertant additions to the meds (like bacteria introduced into the injectables).

God's best to you and yours



valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-04 18:39:47 -0600 Report

Hi BreC
As matter of fact I have donated to the Woman's Shelter. I have donate lancets, alcohol swabs, and a flex pen. I had so many, especially lancet
that I felt I could share. I kept a supply for myself including alcohol swabs.
I don't plan on using them again.
but you never know. I was on Lantus as well as novolog flexpen.
Oh yes, I donated the short needles for the he flexpen as well. I told the director to spread them around if she couldn't. Use them. VL

Type1Lou 2015-01-04 17:48:18 -0600 Report

When I transitioned to the Novolog Flexpen and Lantus Solostar oen, I gave my syringe surplus to a friend who was diabetic but still injecting via syringe. Several years later, when I transitioned to my insulin pump, I wish I had kept some of the syringes because we are advised to have some on hand in case our pump ever malfunctions and we have to temporarily resort back to injections. I was able to purchase a box of syringes for not much money at Walmart and I now keep them in case I need them. Your local ADA might also be able to direct you. It would be a shame for someone in need not to benefit.