Repost: MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid

On January 17, 2012, MedShare’s Western Region shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Tonga. The Tonga Government posted a press release announcing this shipment, and we wanted to share it with you. (To view the original, click here.)

MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid

On the 17th of January 2012, award-winning charity MedShare shipped a 40-foot ocean container of medical supplies and equipment designated for the two island groups of Niuatoputapu and ‘Eua, in Tonga.

Lord Tuita, Consul General of the Kingdom of Tonga in San Francisco, attended the shipment ceremony.

Lord Tuita, Tonga Consul General, San Francisco; Taylor Butterfield; Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, MedShare's Western Region

This container of critically-needed medical supplies and equipment was coordinated (including the seafreight) by Taylor Butterfield from Sacramento, California, who has undertaken this project as a part of his Boy Scout Eagle Award.

This is the 2nd container of medical supplies and equipment that has been sent by MedShare to the Kingdom.

Tonga Consul General Lord Tuita with Executive Director, MedShare W. Region) during the ceremony marking MedShare's second shipment of medical aid to Tonga

MedShare is an innovative non-profit organization and operates California’s first large-scale surplus medical supply recycler which mobilizes tons of excess medical supplies through cooperation with various manufacturers and its 29 local partner hospitals.

Founded in 1998, MedShare is consistently ranked as one of the United States most efficient charities, and has successfully delivered over 750 containers of aid to 90 developing nations.

Four months later, Alabama firefighters get back on feet with assistance from MedShare

Atlanta nonprofit provides tornado relief in the form of medical supplies to volunteer firefighters 

ATLANTA, Georgia – MedShare, an innovative nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta, partnered with the Alabama Fire College (AFC) to provide tornado relief. The nonprofit sent two 40-foot containers of medical supplies in response to the tornado that tore through the Southeast in late April.

The containers were sent on June 1 and June 30, and included over 2,000 boxes of brand new items such as syringes, infusion units, IV kits, oxygen masks, bandages, gauze, and sutures. The containers were made possible by a generous donation from Alabama-native Lewis Manderson and his wife, Faye, and various MedShare product donors.

The Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments (AAVFD) works to assist the nearly 1,200 volunteer fire departments throughout the state. An enormous amount of their supply inventory was exhausted from the storms and the following relief efforts, and donations were desperately needed. Catholic Charities USA contacted the Catholic Health Association (CHA) regarding the AAVFD’s needs. CHA, a MedShare partner, connected the two organizations.

“The amazing generosity of the Manderson’s, MedShare, and Catholic Charities will help in Alabama’s continuing recovery from the April storms. It isn’t often that first responders have to ask for help, but many fire departments will be able to continue serving their communities due to the kindness of these individuals and organizations,” said Allan Rice, Executive Director of Alabama Fire College.

The AFC worked with the AAVFD and the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads to identify emergency agencies that were destroyed or that used excessive quantities of medical supplies during the tornadoes. The AFC is warehousing the donated supplies and is distributing them to the affected agencies using their vehicles and Regional Staff members.

“MedShare is an organization that typically only ships containers of humanitarian aid to needy hospitals and clinics throughout the developing world,” said A.B. Short, MedShare’s CEO and Co-founder. “Occasionally, however, we do respond to natural disasters and domestic local needs. Our nimbleness, flexibly, infrastructure and great relationships in the medical community make this possible, and we felt it our duty to assist when called upon by our neighbors for help.”