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For those of us with aging parents who come to visit, or if you are or
know someone who is in need of medical equipment, you should know
about a wonderful service available to us here in the East Bay, called
''ReCARES''. This small operation redistributes (as in recycles)
wheelchairs, walkers and other medical assists FOR FREE. They do this
at the First Presbyterian Church (Oakland) parking lot every Thursday
afternoon. Also they are badly in need of medical equipment
DONATIONS. So you if have spare equipment, please bring it to them so
they can recycle it to others in need! (It is unlawful to sell used
medical equipment in California.) This is a wonderful service they are
providing to the community and they are a tax exempt charitable
organization. (See their website at ReCARES.org). They are struggling
to maintain themselves with very few donations coming in, so if you
can support them in any way, please do. N
We have two large boxes of disposable adult diapers to
donate. They were purchased in the expectation that our ill
relative would be with us much longer than he was able to
but, sadly, it was not to be. If you know of a place that
we can donate them to, please share the information. Thank
In response to my recent question about donating medical
items, someone else posted about ReCares
(http://www.homecares.org/), which collects clean, gently
used medical equipment and unused home health care supplies
in Oakland and distributes them directly to people in need.
There's a FAQ on their website with more info about what
they can take, but I bet they'd love to have your leftover
ReCares recycles those sort of items that are new/unused, as
well as used durable medical equipment. They have a
location in Oakland
A great organization/non-profit (& one of the only to do
this work) is ReCares:
They have very limited hours, but do great work and can always use your
ReCares in Oakland will take them! they are a great resource
for medical supplies and equipment. They are off Broadway in
the underground parking under the Presbyterian church near
27th I think. the church is huge. you can look up the exact
location. They are open Thursdays from 10 to 2. anon
Thursday in Oakland
Donating cruches and back brace
I have used crutches and my son's outgrown scoliosis brace
that I would like to recycle / donate. Could anyone
recommend an organization in the Bay area, preferably in
the East Bay? Many thanks in advance.
A friend of mine runs the Oakland site and my sons volunteer
there when they can. This is a great program that helps a
lot of people with little glory.
from ReCARES web-site
The ReCARES Network's Home CARES Equipment Recycler's
Program lessens needless environmental waste and at the same
time provides seniors and those with disabilities dignity,
safety and mobility. Each week we accept donations of clean,
gently used durable medical equipment and unused home health
care supplies which we provide free of charge to those in
need who visit our sites.
For more information
or to leave us a message,
call the numbers below:
510-251-2273 - Oakland
Mary in Oakland
Contact ReCares in Oakland: http://www.homecares.org/
They are glad to accept used medical equipment, which they
then provide to low-income people.
What to do with used knee brace?
I had a knee surgery in January. For a couple of month after
I had to use two large and elaborate knee braces, really
expensive according to my insurance bills. I hope that I
will never have to use them again. Is there a place I can
donate them? They are in great condition. Any ideas where to
take them so they can be used again?
There is an non-profit organization run by a nurse called
''homecares'' http://www.homecares.org/ where you can drop off
and borrow gently used medical equipment & devices in one of
several Bay Area locations, including Oakland. They operate
on a shoestring so for example the Oakland location is only
open on Thursdays from 1-4 for drop offs and lending. Go to
the underground parking garage below/behind 2619 Broadway.
The entrance is actually a 1/2 block from Broadway. This
place was a huge help to us after my husband had surgery and
needed a special piece of equipment that our provider,
Kaiser, didn't have. I also recommend this organization to
my clients. (I'm a professional organizer and owner of LET'S
MAKE ROOM in Oakland.) If you donate equipment, they will
give you a tax receipt. Their website is
Donating walking casts
Updates on places to donate medical equipment? I have a couple of
excellent quality walking casts like these:
They sell for $80 new, and mine are barely used. Size M. A few of the
recommendations don't seem up to date (e.g., no answer, no return
phone calls, etc.) I've been trying to follow up on Childrens
Hospital (they only take new items, but somebody there supposedly runs
equipment to Belize). And my podiatrist didn't have a clue. Another
friend has various items that may still need donating somewhere, so it
would be great to have the update. Thank you!
I sell Home Medical Equipment to treat sleep apnea. Patients sometimes ask where
they can donate equipment no longer needed. I give them a flier from an
organization called Home CARES. They accept donations of reusable home healthcare
equipment as well as disposable medical supplies that are in their original unopened
packaging. They. in turn, give these items to indiciduals who otherwise have
difficulty obtaining them.
Contact Home Cares in Alameda County at 510.251.2273 or SF at 415.487.5405. Their
address is 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-3199.
Try DoctoDock.org. I haven't donated anything to them, but my friend has.
My mom recently passed away and I'm wondering if we can donate her very expensive hearing aids. They
were made for her ears and come with a little computer device to adjust the volume and tone.
She didn't use them much cause she didn't like how they felt but we paid about $3000 for them and then a
few years later had them repaired for $450.00 (yikes)....would love to know that someone can use them.
Are there places to donate hearing aids?
thanks in advance
My grandmother died a few years ago in Marin, and Whistlestop ( a senior services
organization) was happy to take her hearing aid and glasses. Another organization,
located in San Francisco but serving all of Northern California, is also happy to
accept used hearing aids:
I think RACOURSE takes them (see earlier post about medical items to recycle), and
probably tour local Lions club which also takes used eye glasses (look in the phone
book or call your city hall or chamber of commerce to find such service groups).
Does anyone know where I can donate unused (obviously) medical supplies? Our home
health care company won't take them back and I hate for it all to go to waste. We have
things like screw-top cannulas, vials for bloodwork, sterile face masks, and many other
odds and ends.
Not a nurse, but starting to feel like one...
We took our unused home medical supplies to Childrens Hospital Oakland. The
oncology clinic (in the outpatient building) sends them out to other medical
facilities in need down in South America.
Please Call: (510) 251-2273
Drop-off or Pickup: Call to make arrangements.
General Info: Accepts reusable home healthcare equipment and materials &
Medical Surplus and supplies: crutches, canes, walkers, wheel chairs, oxygen
equip., gauze, and much more. They also have a facility in San Francisco
The RACORSE Network's Home CARES Equipment Recyclers program is an
innovative hybrid, marrying an environmental mission with a community
Home CARES leverages community resources by accepting used durable medical
equipment and surplus home healthcare supplies and putting them in the hands
of low-income people in need.
AIMS, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, a charity run by Mata
Amritananda Mayi in Kerala, India, may take them. Check out
http://www.amma.org, and look into the San Ramon ashram here in teh bay
area, which is where they organize the donations yogini
Where can I donate or just plain get rid of drugs,
syringes, and a sharps container that I have left from
I have follistim pens, a sharps container with old
needles, and some vials of drugs. I took an old sharps
container to Kaiser pharmacy once but they took it more
as 'a favor' than a standard policy.
Where can I get rid of all of these things at once? I
would like to be rid of them!
I live in Richmond, and every Friday (only on Friday) the
Waste Management facility accepts these items. I've
dropped off drugs, lightbulbs, batteries, paints,
chemicals or cleaners, etc. You might call the Berkeley
waste management, maybe the one off Gilman, and see if
they have a similar policy.
keepin' it out of the landfill
If you are a resident of Alameda County, you can drop your
sharps at any of the Household Hazardous Waste facilities
(there is one in Oakland). From their website:
Alameda County residents can now dispose of their own home
generated "sharps" waste safely and conveniently at any of
Alameda County's Household Hazardous Waste facilities, FREE!
They will also take the medication.
See http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=293 for
Other counties may offer similar services.
I think you can give your meds and syringes to your
fertility clinic and they can give them to their patients
for free...assuming they know you got them from a reputable
It has been awhile since I have been on this forum, so you
might want to ask the moderator if you can give away your
meds. I know you are not allowed to sell, but I think you
can donate them. Here is the link without spaces:
http://www. fertilethoughts. com/forums/ivf-high-tech/
As for the sharps container, you can give it to any
Walgreens in San Francisco (SF only) and they will take it
for free. Just in case, I would call first. I know the one
near CPMC takes it because I just gave them one fairly recently.
If you live in Alameda County you can drop them off at the
Waste Disposal Facility. You will need to get a Sharps
container See: http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?
Call the fire department. I know the Orinda Fire Department
takes sharps containers. Maybe others do as well. Don't
know about the drugs. Might have to take those to the
county hazardous waste place that takes paint and stuff like
Donating syringes or meds is illegal. Both are prescription
items and, thereby, non-transferrable to another person.
I'd take the whole load to any ER, any of your doctor's
offices or to Kaiser. Many pharmacies that gave you the meds
have procedures for disposal. You can also obviously take
them back to the fertility doc's office.
Most of the items you mentioned are treated as ''hazardous
wastes.'' Check with Alameda County Household Hazardous
Waste Program: (800) 606-6606 or
For a great general reference, check out Alameda County
Stopwaste.org's Recyling Guide, which you can get free on-
Happy recycling! ;=)
Please go to this website (it is for all of California):
It is zipcode driven, so plug in your zipcode and a list of
options for disposal for unwanted pharms will be given.
For sharps, you may need to call ahead as those often have
different drop-off locations.
Thank you for asking the question and NOT FLUSHING unwanted
or expired meds!
protect your water!
Donating Insulin Needles
Anyone know where I can donate almost 100 insulin syringes? My gestational
diabetes days are officially over...
- No Longer On Insulin
NEED is a needle exchange program loosely affiliated with the Berkeley
Free Clinic. They would really appreciate a needle donation, as that is
the most expensive part of the not very well funded program. You can
do a drop off at any one of their 3 sites: Sunday evenings [6 - 8] at their
van outside of the Clinic [2339 Durant], Thursday evenings [6 - 8] at their
van down on Hearst at San Pablo, or Tuesday afternoons [4 - 6] inside
the Long Haul, just across the street from the Starry Plough and La Pena
on Shattuck. Their van is pretty recognizable and the folks are all
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