Organizations That Need Medical Supplies
Here are some charitable organizations around the US and in other countries that accept different medical supplies and equipment.
We’ll start by going over some of the more recognizable charities that aren’t specialized in utilizing medical items but do accept them.
The Salvation Army and Goodwill
Both of these organizations commonly receive old walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and crutches in decent condition.
Note: If you’re trying to donate other medical equipment call the Goodwill or Salvation Army that you’re trying to donate to. That goes for all of the organizations in this article.
All of the items that are donated to The Salvation Army and Goodwill are sold at an affordable price to the public and the money supports various charitable programs.
If you’re going to go this route, consider reading Free and Affordable Ways to Get Rid of Your Stuff.
Next, we’re going to go over the charities that only accept medical items and have programs to utilize the donation.
*by region* (Nations)
Med EQ sends medical donations to overseas not-for-profit organizations that can utilize medical equipment. Med EQ is part of REMEDY which recovers used medical supplies for the sake of global aid.
Insulin For Life USA
IFL accepts insulin supplies and gives them free of charge to children and adults with diabetes who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
Locations: 2555 SW 76th Street, #130 Gainesville, FL 32608
Advocates for World Health
AWH looks to redirect usable medical products and surgical supplies, reducing waste and lowering the overhead costs of hospitals around the world.
Locations: AWH works with donors in Missouri, Nevada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Florida.
Providence accepts lightly used medical items and donates thousands of tons every year to over 25 countries around the world.
Locations: Providence works in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Southern California, Northern California, Texas, and Washington.
American Medical Resources Foundation
AMRF donates used medical supplies to hospitals in developing countries. Recently their equipment has been shipped to Guatemala, after devastating hurricanes hit in December of 2020.
Locations: AMRF has donors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Maine, and Road Island.
Project C.U.R.E sends medical supplies to over 135 countries. Since 1987 they have been providing the supplies to local hospitals in underdeveloped communities.
Locations: Project C.U.R.E has distribution centers in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Nashville, Philadelphia (Mid Atlantic), and Phoenix.
Not Just Tourist
In 1990 Not Just Tourist was sparked by Dr Ken Taylor and his wife when they started taking medical supplies to Cuba after seeing how sparse the healthcare system was. Now NJT has distributed 1,000,000 lbs of donated medical supplies and equipment to various countries all around the world.
Hospice of Hope
Hospice has been doing medical training and funding in southeast Europe to help the elderly and disalbed children. They have distributed £1.6m worth of medical supplies to Romania, Moldova, and Albania.
Locations: Hospice for Hope has charity shops in Kent, Surrey, and London.
Jacobs Well Appeal
Jacobs Well Appeal provides medical aid and other services to over 30 countries worldwide. The vision for JWA was started by Dr. Beynon in 1982, first providing medical supplies in Poland, and eventually expanding the efforts to places like Afghanistan, Western Africa, Pakistan, Moldova, and Syria.
This is a charity that doesn’t only accept medical equipment but has a large selection of medical items that they accept.
Locations: They have two shops, one in Beverley and one in Bridlington.
*By region* (States/Local Municipalities)
Globus Relief uses the surplus of medical supplies to improve the quality of healthcare around the world, working with charities abroad and in the US.
Locations: 1365 Gladiola Street, Suite 4, Salt Lake City, Utah
Out of state donors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (801)-977-0444
Iowa (PRESCRIPTION MEDS)
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)
With the SafeNetRx program the IDPH has assisted people in Iowa with prescriptions and medical supplies at little to no cost.
Locations: 11100 Aurora Ave, Bldg. 13 Urbandale, Iowa 50322
Wyoming (PRESCRIPTION MEDS)
The Wyoming Department of Health
The Wyoming Medical Donations Program allows for people to donate their sealed unused prescriptions, which are then processed and distributed free of charge to people who need them in the state of Wyoming.
Locations: Hathaway Building, Suite B27 Cheyenne, WY 8200
Esperanca ships your medical donations in cargo to Jinotega, Nicaragua, one of the poorest communities in Central America, helping improve diagnosis, treatment and care.
Locations: You can send or drop off your donations to 1911 W. Earll Drive Phoenix, AZ 85015.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)
FODAC is an organization that refurbishes used donated medical supplies to fit the custom needs of disabled adults and children.
FODAC will take wheelchairs, wheelchairs parts, prosthetics/orthoses, and other medical supplies.
Locations: Most of their drop-off sites are in Georgia, but they also have one in South Carolina
Assist M.E collects gently used medical equipment and gifts them to low income people in the community. They are asking for manual wheelchairs in particular since they are in high demand.
Locations: You can drop off equipment during business hours at Mobility and More | 251 Trade St., Matthews, NC 28105
Atlanta,Northern California, New Jersey
Medshare accepts a broad spectrum of unused medical supplies and used biomedical equipment and delivers them around the world to communities that need them.
Locations: Medshare has three distribution centers in Metro Atlanta, Northern California, and the New York Metropolitan.
New York City
Catholic Medical Mission Board
CMMB ships medicines and medical supplies to developing countries to help strengthen the healthcare capacity for the most vulnerable of people.
Locations: CMMB has a distribution center in New York City.
Inter Vol Recycling of Unused Medical Supplies
Intervol recovers and distributes used medical supplies, preventing waste and aiding humanitarian efforts around the world.
Locations: 100 Kings Highway S Suite 1200, Rochester NY, 14617
Crosslink Memphis is a ministry that donates the used supplies they receive to support medical mission teams in Tanzia, India, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Peru.
Locations: You can send checks and supplies to 5389 Crestview Road Memphis TN, 38134
South Dakota Medical Equipment Reuse and Recycle (MERR)
MERR uses Medicaid funding in a more effective way by repurposing medical equipment that people no longer need. The equipment is then distributed back into the community, priority being given to South Dakota Medicaid Recipients, but anyone in need is eligible.
Phone Number 605-271-5074
Locations: 411 S. Center Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57105
HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization)
HERO prevents waste by collecting used medical supplies and giving them free or at low cost locally and globally.
Locations: 5012 53rd St S, Ste C Fargo, ND 58104
International Aid is a ministry that provides medical equipment and health services to underdeveloped communities worldwide. Their goal is to make sure hospitals are reliable and self-sufficient enough to help the most vulnerable people.
Locations: 17011 Hickory St.Spring Lake, Michigan
World Medical Relief
World Medical Relief provides medical resources at the local, national, and international levels, keeping hundreds of thousands of usable medical items out of landfills every year.
Locations: 21725 Melrose Ave. Southfield, MI 48075
Medical Bridges Inc
Medical Bridges supports healthcare systems that serve people in the most vulnerable communities worldwide, by distributing medical supplies and equipment.
Locations: You can drop off donations at 2706 Magnet St Houston TX, 77054
MedWish repurposes medical equipment and makes life saving shipments to a variety of different countries, all while preventing slavable items from ending up in local landfill.
Locations: You can drop off donations at 1625 East 31 Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
St Louis, Missouri
St Louis Help
This organization helps people in the St Louis area by repurposing medical equipment and distributing back to people in their community.
Locations: 302 Bailey Rd, Crystal City, MO 63019
The Maryland Department of Aging
MoDA repurposes used medical equipment and gives them to disabled people in Maryland regardless of age. Medical equipment they need are wheelchairs, power wheelchairs/scooters, rollators, walkers, toilets/shower support, pediatric equipment, bathroom aids, and hospital beds.
Locations: The main reuse center is located at 11701 Crain Highway Cheltenham, MD 20623, but there are collection sites all around Maryland.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
UPMC repairs medical equipment and loans them to people who don’t have the insurance to cover the costs. Since 1999 UPMC has met the specific needs of 10,000 people in their community and has donated over 15,000 pieces of equipment. Some pieces they accept are wheelchairs, canes, walkers, tub benches, shower chairs, potty chairs, and lift chairs.
Locations: UPMC has two locations one in Shenango Valley and one in Greenville.
707 Sharon-New Castle Road Farrell, PA 16121 | 103 N. Main St.Greenville, PA 16125
Able Tech refurbishes donated medical equipment to ensure reliability for the best fit person in the Oklahoma area. Accepted items include prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, walkers, CPAPs/BiPAPs, blood pressure monitors, hearing aids, braces, slings, vision aids/magnifiers/CCTVs, adult diapers, and CPAP tubing.
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Community Health Centers of Burlington have been providing medical treatment and health care in Vermont since 1971, emphasizing on helping the homeless and at-risk youth.
Locations: 617 Riverside Ave, Burlington VT
Forward Health accepts and recycles used medical equipment in various counties in Wisconsin.
Locations: 203 Schiek Plz Rhinelander WI 54501 | 3262 Church St Stevens Point WI 54481
The West Virginia Association of Free Clinics
WVAFC works with Health Care Inc to provide medical equipment to the working class people of West Virginia who can’t afford it.
Locations: 489 Washington Ave. Clarksburg, WV 26301
Medical Missionaries work with charities to provide communities around the world with affordable medical equipment and services, mainly participating in giving support to Haiti.
Locations: 9590 Surveyor Ct., Manassas, VA 20110.
Accessibility Medical Equipment
Accessibility Medical Equipment refurbishes medical donations to make sure disabled people in the Kansas City area have functional and affordable equipment.
Locations: 6104 E Connecticut Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120
Disability Action Center (DAC)
Since 1990 DAC has been determined to make sure disabled people in Northern Idaho can live their life to the fullest. Through The Medical Equipment Exchange Program DAC looks to connect people with durable equipment.
Locations: 505 N Main St, Moscow, ID 83843
Aloha provides medical services focusing in surgical specialities and dentistry to underserved people in the Pacific, Asia, and Hawaii.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
In Arkansas, Goodwill locations use the excess medical supplies that they receive as part of The Health Equipment Loan Program which serves anybody in Arkansas. As I stated at the beginning of the post Goodwill commonly recieves old walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and crutches.
For 30 years, CARE Chest has been providing used medical equipment as well as medical services, free of charge to people in Northern Nevada.
Locations: 910 N. Virginia St, Reno Nevada
Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)
ATP has been serving Nebraskans with disabilities using innovative ways to meet the specific needs of the individual. They do this by allowing people to try the equipment before buying as well as having consultations.
Locations: ATP has locations in Kearny, Omaha, and Lincoln.
Adelanta distributes medical donations to assist people with disabilities, seniors, and people who are underinsured in their community.
Call 505-445-5532 to schedule an appointment.
Locations: 3900 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
General Health Ministries (GHM)
GHM reporposes used medical equipment and ships it to support medical missions and health care functionality overseas.
Locations: 7831 Hickory Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS)
Using the Second TIme Around Program NMHS is able to provide patients with medical equipment that they couldn’t otherwise afford. They accept items such as electric wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, canes, and crutches.
Indiana 211 pays attention to the social needs of the citizens of Indiana. The Medical Equipment Loan Program allows Hoosiers to lend durable medical equipment, serving the counties of Hancock, Henry, and Rush.
Locations: 1870 Fields Boulevard Greenfield, IN 46140