Posted by: Aunt Magaidh | January 19, 2010

Volunteering for Haiti relief

I just got through volunteering with MedShare, http://www.medshare.org/.  I sorted orthopedic supplies that have been requested by medical people in Haiti. The saddest item I sorted was a prosthetic sock.  The most hopeful item was a pair of orthopedic shoes for a child. I met a woman who is a nurse leaving on Sunday for Haiti, who after volunteering today will be selecting basic medical supplies to take with her when she leaves.  I packed boxes of splints and braces.   I tried to comfort another volunteer who was tearful at the news about a Haitian mother who had to decide to let her daughter die instead of having a leg amputated.  At the end of the session, I helped load one of several pallets on the truck leaving at 12:30 pm from San Leandro that will arrive in Florida tomorrow and fly to Port-Au-Prince the next day. (Ross Perot has donated his private jets to transporting the shipments.)  It will be the 4th shipment sent to Haiti in the week since the quake. MedShare has been supplying Haitian medical workers for 10 years.  It was a powerful morning.

Magaidh

If you are a nurse, doctor, or other medical industry person, please learn about MedShare and contact them.  They collect surplus medical supplies that are typically thrown away by our medical industry.  What we take for granted here – gauze, sutures, unused things thrown away in the single use kits- can make a difference in an underserved community.  It’s time to think about clean vs. sterile and to make a green choice that saves lives.

If you are interested in volunteering, remember these folks at MedShare.  They will be supporting Haiti way after the media buzz dies – just as they are supporting Sumatra from their quake not so long ago.  This is a way to support good work for the long haul.

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