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hands around a globeI found it surprisingly difficult to find an organization that would pick up a hospital bed and wheelchairs for donation. I tried several charity groups, the local hospital, a home care service agency and a senior care center. Either they weren’t interested or did not cover the area, though they covered bordering areas. Hiring a junk removal company was easier, but it bothered me to throw away these items that I was sure someone would need. I finally found someone.

After many phone calls and Google searches, I stumbled upon AFYA Foundation, an organization that sends medical equipment overseas, primarily to Africa and the Caribbean. According to their website, “Afya means ‘health’ in Kiswahili…Afya collects and delivers critically needed surplus medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions for acute and ongoing health crises worldwide.”

I called them to schedule the pickup and they were wonderful. The scheduling process was professional, the driver was prompt and the pickup went smoothly. I recommend contacting them if you have medical-related items to donate.

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