Many thanks to Caribou Coffee
, Hands On NE Ohio
, MedWish International
, and Ryan Edgar
for an incredible weekend!
The Caribou Coffee in Westlake, OH was hopping on Friday night! Caribou Coffee turned their side parking lot into a family fun area and hosted a stellar performance by singer songwriter Ryan Edgar. Caribou Coffee served samples throughout the night and held a 50/50 raffle for MedWish, where we volunteered on Saturday. Kids and adults played the game ‘bags’ or ‘corn hole’ on 8 different game boards. A young woman was face painting for the kids - we saw a lot of Project 7 logos and an impressive Caribou logo. What a night!
At MedWish, we had almost 50 volunteers. Caribou provided lunch for the group so everyone was able to mingle and learn about MedWish before we got started. The volunteering was well organized and interesting thanks to Hands On NE Ohio. We were broken down into specific jobs of sorting, packing, logging inventory, etc. It was amazing to see the medical supplies that would have been throw away. We sorted supplies that couldn’t be used in the U.S. due to expiration dates or just weren’t wanted at the hospitals that donated them. Our team went through several pallets of materials and dug up some high demand items (thermometers, stethoscopes, etc). The supplies were perfectly fine and will save many lives in third world countries.
is always in need of volunteers, especially during the week. Please consider giving your time there. Also, Hands On NE Ohio
is a great resource for volunteer opportunities in the Cleveland community. Consider getting plugged in with them as well!
More on MedWish International (source: http://www.medwish.org/): Everyday, countless usable medical supplies are discarded by hospitals, healthcare facilities, and medical supply distributors in the U.S. This occurs while developing countries throughout the world are in desperate need of these items. The primary goal of MedWish International is to recover, recycle, & redistribute medical supplies and equipment as humanitarian aid.
In 2009, MedWish diverted 604,540 pounds of medical supplies and equipment from being deposited in landfills. This year they have already diverted 643, 268.5 pounds of medical supplies from the landfills!
Check out the MedWish Facebook
page as well!
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from the events in Cleveland June 17-19, 2010.