After my recent presentation at the Schweinhaut Senior Center, I got a lot of questions about what to do with specific items that people don’t need. Although there isn’t always a dedicated place to donate something, most thrift shops accept a wide variety of things.
I got an email from someone who attended the workshop and wanted to know where to donate medical supplies, including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches and medications.
There are organizations that accept medical supplies, but if they are not near you, you have to pay to ship things. Most thrift shops will take wheelchairs, walkers and the like. Another option is to contact a local hospice or free clinic and ask if they can use what you no longer need.
She also wanted to know about what to do with unneeded medications. A few years ago I wrote about donating prescription drugs, but it seems that The Starfish Project doesn’t exist anymore. Hospice or a clinic might be able to take unopened drugs. If you can’t donate them, you can ask your pharmacy if they collect drugs for incineration.
Remember that medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, should never go down the drain; it should go in the trash. If you are concerned about people or animals finding it, you can mix it with kitty litter or used coffee grounds before you discard it.
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