How to Donate Unused Medical Supplies

Updated March 28, 2017

Donations of unused medical supplies make a difference to people locally and globally. Many philanthropic organisations ask for donations of money, in-kind services or equipment and gear, including medical supplies. In addition to being a benefit to the community or country, your donation is also tax deductible. Choose an organisation dedicated to serving those in need and arrange to make the donation.

Contact the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS and ask for a local branch number or address. Call, or ask to be transferred to the local branch. Tell the representative about the goods you have for donation. Arrange for a drop off or pick up.

Tell the representative if you want a receipt for tax purposes so that the organisation can prepare the document.

Contact Doctor's Without Borders via its website ( or at 888-392-0392. List the items you have for donation and ask if they are needed at this time. Arrange for the items to be dropped off if there is a local branch of the organisation. If not, package the goods and mail to: Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

If you require a receipt for tax purposes ask for one to be sent upon arrival of the donated medical supplies. Provide your return address.

Go to the Operation GivingBack website ( The organisation is a branch of the American College of Surgeons. Click on the "contact us" link and fill out the form, including what you have for donation. Make arrangements for mailing the goods according to the directions you`re given.

Take the medical supplies to your local volunteer ambulance or fire station. Local volunteer rescue services often have tight budgets and most donations are welcome.

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A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.