This day of celebration offers an opportunity for organizations like MedShare to lift up the impact that volunteers make in our local and global communities. Nearly 20,000 individuals spend time at MedShare’s San Leandro and Atlanta distribution centers each year. Our dedicated volunteers invest their time to sort 15,000 of pounds of surplus medical supplies that have been diverted from local landfills every week. This perfectly usable product is used to treat recipients in need of healthcare in 95 countries throughout the world.
Today and every day, we thank our volunteers for helping us build healthy communities locally and globally.
Who doesn’t get excited to receive a specially-wrapped care package from a loved one? Our brothers and sisters from the Philippines have a wonderful tradition of sending care packages – termed “balikbayan boxes” – to their friends and family full of items such as non-perishable food, toiletries, household items, electronics, toys, or items hard to find in the Philippines. These boxes provide an economical way to ship at a flat rate based on one of three standard sizes.
In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, balikbayan boxes are being used creatively as an effective way to deliver critically needed supplies. It’s taking the idea of a “care package” to a whole new level. Thanks to the generosity of MedShare‘s financial and product donors, our MedShare team is able to provide medical supplies for balikbayan boxes being shipped by individuals in the San Francisco Bay area who have been in communication with relatives or medical personnel in the Philippines. It’s a creative way to make a big difference and get critical supplies to those in need quickly. In fact, several members of the MedShare team have family members who have been directly impacted by the typhoon, and they are responding to the call for assistance by using this unique balikbayan system. Teams bring their specific requests to us and we gather the supplies – so far, requests have included everything from basic hygiene items to first-aid material to infant and maternity specific supplies. First, the balikbayan box is delivered to a trusted friend or family member in the Philippines; then it is transferred to the local medical facility for the benefit of the community.
We continue to welcome contributions to MedShare’s Philippines Urgent Humanitarian Relief Program. Help us provide more care to Filipinos in need…. help us fill more balikbayan boxes, equip additional medical teams deploying to the Philippines and ship forty-foot containers of much-needed supplies and equipment as part of the recovery efforts.
Thanks for your support,
Iryn gathering supplies for balikbayan boxes
This week on Tuesday November 19, volunteers, staff, and guests gathered at MedShare’s Western Region to send off a container of medical supplies to Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania. This was a very special occasion for MedShare’s Western Region volunteers who not only sorted and boxed the supplies going on the container but also raised the $22,000 sponsorship fee for the container. Every container that MedShare ships must have a financial sponsor to cover the costs associated with preparing and shipping the container, so that it can be shipped free of charge to the recipient hospital. These volunteers worked hard over the summer to raise the funds. They organized a silent auction, arranged a 5K walk, and donated their many talents to make this fundraiser a success.
We are very grateful to the thousands of volunteers who give their time to MedShare every year, and we are especially proud of the remarkable effort made by these volunteers.
Thank you! We wish the container a safe and speedy journey to Tanzania!
MedShare volunteers, staff, and guests send off a container to Tanzania
Wind gusts of more than 200 miles per hour and forty-five foot waves have taken the lives of thousands of Filipinos. Super Typhoon Haiyan is among the strongest storms in history and has destroyed homes, businesses and roads throughout the country.
When disasters like Typhoon Haiyan strike, MedShare responds, and you can help us do so by donating to our Urgent Humanitarian Relief Program. It takes valuable resources to divert medical surplus from being wasted in local landfills – human capital, hard assets like trucks and gasoline, and financial investment. Please donate now so that life-saving supplies may be directly deployed to hospitals and clinics in the Phillippines today!
Your financial support makes it possible for MedShare to remain nimble and responsive to recipients just like those impacted from Typhoon Haiyan, who are in need of urgent healthcare delivery. You can help by donating here to our Typhoon Haiyan Humanitarian Relief Program.