Don’t know what to give the person that has it all? Send Boxes of Hope

 

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MedShare featured on Groupon for Good! Donate now.

On October 25-27, MedShare is the featured Groupon for Good campaign in the San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruz markets. Donate $10 – which will be matched by MedShare – to send much needed medical supplies to Nepal. The link is: http://www.groupon.com/deals/gt-medshare.

G-Team is Groupon’s main philanthropic program designed to help their subscribers discover local causes in their own neighborhoods. In the same way that Groupon deals make it easier for people to discover their cities, G-Team campaigns make it easier for individuals to come together with others to do good, have fun, and make a real impact.

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MedShare’s reason for participation is two-fold: we will be raising money to help sponsor a container of medical supplies and equipment to Nepal, and we’ll also be raising awareness of MedShare and our mission in Northern California by utilizing Groupon’s huge subscriber base.

I encourage you to share the link with your friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter. We need 50 people to buy into this deal @ $10 for MedShare to receive the donations. It will be live through Thursday, Oct. 27.

Let’s see if we can make this the most successful Groupon charity campaign ever!

Father’s Day Gift Idea!

Not sure what to give your dad this Father’s Day? We have the perfect solution. Read on…

A father with his child in a Haiti OR.

Whether a C-level executive or a sea-fisherman, fathers come in many forms. They all have one thing in common, though: they’re the backbone of their families, and their main concern is making sure their children are well-cared for.

What if, despite his best efforts, a father simply can’t provide the best care because of a lack of supplies? Hospitals in developing countries often do not have basic items, meaning a child can’t get his knee bandaged, his broken bone casted, or his cleft palate repaired. This Father’s Day, send Boxes of Hope in honor of your dad and give fathers around the world the ability to provide care for their children.

Boxes of Hope contain vitally needed items like syringes, sterile gloves and gowns, hospital beds and mattresses, stethoscopes, fetal monitors, nebulizers, surgical kits, and assorted medical supplies. Your support will help us provide these otherwise-scarce items to benefit the poor in developing countries. A box of medical supplies, which you can sponsor in quantities of two to 1,000, will give hope to fathers worldwide.

Donate by June 15th and we’ll send your a card to your dad recognizing this gift.

For Instead Of Give
$40 – Garden Tools – 2 Boxes of Hope
$80 – Cufflinks – 4 Boxes of Hope
$100 – Golf Outing – 5 Boxes of Hope
$250 – Airline Ticket – 12 Boxes of Hope (1 Quarter Pallet)

Click here to send Boxes of Hope.

This Mother’s Day, Honor Your Mom by Supporting MedShare

A MedShare-supported mother and daughter in Ecuador

Your mother provided care to you as a child. She made sure your scraped knee was bandaged and kissed, your broken arm was casted, and your cold was treated. What more meaningful way is there to thank her than to pass on the gift of accessible care to those in need?

By sending Boxes of Hope, you’ll be giving mothers around the world the ability to care for their children. Many hospitals lack basic supplies, meaning things like bandages and casting material aren’t available. These boxes will give the greatest gift of all: hope.

Boxes of Hope contain vitally needed items like syringes, sterile gloves and gowns, hospital beds and mattresses, stethoscopes, fetal monitors, nebulizers, surgical kits, and assorted medical supplies. Your support will help us by providing these otherwise-scarce items to benefit the poor in developing countries. A box of medical supplies – which you can sponsor in quantities of two to 1,000 – will give hope to mothers worldwide.

For……..instead of…………give

$40 – flowers – two Boxes of Hope

$80 – massage – four Boxes of Hope

$100 – gift certificate to restaurant – five Boxes of Hope

$250 – jewelry – 12 Boxes of Hope (1 Quarter Pallet)

Take the case of a young man in the Dominican Republic. This 20-year old had a motorcycle accident that resulted in an open fracture. Unable to get treatment, his fracture remained open for one whole year. His mother did her best to provide care, but lacked supplies and money for treatment. Instead, she resorted to an old remedy of applying a mixture of raw sugar and iodine to his wound to prevent infection. She did this for the whole year. When MedShare supplies arrived on the scene, this young man’s fracture was healed. Imagine what a difference Boxes of Hope would have made in the life of this young man and his mother, and how your donation will change the lives of others.

Donate here.

Donate to MedShare in Honor of Earth Day

Dr. Helen O’Keeffe Vajk, a MedShare volunteer and retired anesthesiologist from California, was drawn to MedShare after tiring of excessive medical waste.

“I always hated the amount of medical waste, both knowing that somewhere in the world this would be valuable, and that it was creating unnecessary landfill. MedShare seemed like a brilliant solution, better than any one hospital could do on its own.”

Boxes of Hope

In honor of Earth Day, consider donating Boxes of Hope. You’ll not only save medical products from ending up in local landfills, but you’ll also save lives around the world. These boxes contain vitally needed items like syringes, sterile gloves and gowns, labor and delivery kits, biopsy kits, and surgical kits. Your support will help us by providing these otherwise-scarce items to benefit the poor in developing countries. A box of medical supplies – which you can sponsor in quantities of two to 1,000 – will make a difference.

Click here to send Boxes of Hope in honor of Earth Day.

This Earth Day, MedShare Reaffirms Commitment to Environment

MedShare saved these supplies from ending up in a landfill

As the world comes together to celebrate Earth Day, MedShare is reaffirming our commitment to the environment. Our mission is to deliver medical supplies to underserved populations around the world while lessening the impact of medical waste in the United States, but did you know that we’ve taken great strides over the past few years to make our operations and warehouses more environmentally-friendly as well?

MedShare is funded by generous donors like you; as such, we’re ever mindful of our expenditures. With this in mind, our Southeast and Western facilities made changes to their facilities over the past few years. Both were outfitted with motion-activated lights, saving each facility from needlessly wasting energy, and the California location installed low-flow toilets. The Southeast, enabled by a grant from the Kendeda Fund and by partnering with Radiance Solar, will install a new roof, insulation and solar paneling. In addition to the positive impact of the environment, our efforts will also save money for each warehouse in the form of reduced power bills.

Below, Rob Oviatt, Operations Director (Southeast Region) and Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, Western Region comment on the environmental changes MedShare has implemented:

“In an attempt to reduce our energy consumption at our SE Distribution Center, we made some significant changes to our lighting system last September. We did away with our 400W metal halide lamps in our warehouse (37,000 square feet), and replaced their murky orange glow with the much brighter and far more efficient high-bay T5 high output fluorescent lamps. These new lamps are also fitted with motion detectors which turn them off after five minutes of inactivity in that area. We also replaced our aging 4-lamp T12 fixtures in our sort room (8000 square feet) with 3-lamp T8 fixtures, providing a much brighter work area. The effect of these lighting upgrades has been a reduction in our total energy consumption by about a third.

Currently, we are also having a 30 kW solar installation placed on our roof. This system should further reduce our energy consumption (from the grid) to the point where we will require less than half of the energy we were consuming before the upgrades.

As for future plans, we are exploring the possibility of expanding the capacity of this solar installation, possibly upgrading our HVAC system, and will be performing smaller upgrades like a tankless water heater, low volume toilets, and motion detectors on office lighting.”

-Rob Oviatt, Operations Director, Southeast Region

“In 2010 we completed an intensive year-long effort to obtain certification as a Green Business. As California’s first large-scale recycler of surplus medical supplies, we were asking hospital in our community to change their business practices and to embark on new green initiatives with us. It seemed most appropriate that MedShare itself should also be a strong environmental steward. To that end, we implemented scores of new practices including; elimination of bottled water, paper plates and cups, use of duplex printing to reduce paper consumption, and conserving water with the installation of new low-flow toilets. The most significant part of our certification required us to replace every single light in our 32,000 sq. ft. warehouse. We moved from high energy-use metal halide lights to compact fluorescent lights with occupancy sensors to conserve energy. Our whole staff is proud of what we have accomplished and we share these new practices with the thousands of visitors we host each year.”

-Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, Western Region

MedShare’s Green Impact – By the Numbers:

  • In our 12-year history, MedShare has saved 1,766,240 cubic feet of medical supplies from ending up in landfills and incinerators.
  • In FY 2010 alone, 313,120 cubic feet of landfill space was saved.
  • MedShare’s supply and recovery efforts each year save approximately 535,000 lbs. of CO2, equal to almost 554,000 miles driven; and 1.8 million kwh, equal to 150 household’s annual electricity.

What can you do to help our green efforts and celebrate Earth Day? Consider donating Boxes of Hope. You’ll not only save medical products from ending up in local landfills, but you’ll also save lives around the world. These boxes contain vitally needed items like syringes, sterile gloves and gowns, labor and delivery kits, biopsy kits, and surgical kits. Your support will help us by providing these otherwise-scarce items to benefit the poor in developing countries. A box of medical supplies – which you can sponsor in quantities of two to 1,000 – will make a difference.

This is an excerpt from our April e-newsletter. To read more – including stories of a biomedical volunteer and a medical mission that we support in the Philippines – click here.