Did you ever have an occasion to require the use of a sling for your arm, a crutch due to a sprain or broken bone, a special shoe for your foot, a knee brace? Perhaps you are taking a few (or more) pills. Suddenly you realize you have a collection of items on hand for possible use. Members of HWC gathered various medical items that were no longer required to donate to another project this year.
Medical Missionaries is a 501(c)(3) company with a volunteer group of more than 200 doctors, nurses, dentists and others who work to improve the health of the poorest of the poor in the US and throughout the world providing medical care and supplies, clothing and food. The Conservation Department has been collecting items from HWC members for Medical Missionaries again this year.
This April the first delivery from HWC included 248 items. Diane Stanley and Teri Lumsden were very pleased to meet Dr. Dale Irwin on their delivery to Manassas. HWC members’ donations included crutches, wash basins, ankle braces, blood pressure machines, knee braces, empty pill bottles with labels removed and more.
Dr. Irwin mentioned that large items such as hospital beds and medical equipment are also received from doctors and hospitals. The medical supplies are shipped in large containers and ultimately sent to places like Haiti, Africa and poorer areas in the country. For more information, check the Medical Missionaries website.