Medical supply donations can go to Hometown Heroes

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Organization takes donated medical supplies, gives away for free

Posted: Jul 06, 2015 5:45 PM EDTUpdated: Jul 06, 2015 5:48 PM EDT

LAPEER, MI (WNEM) –Last week, Guadelupe Rosas’s wheelchair was stolen from his front porch. He couldn’t afford a new wheelchair, so he called TV5.

Rosas now has a new wheelchair after dozens of calls and emails from people with old wheelchairs, willing to give them to Rosas.

However, others in mid-Michigan are still in need of assistance.

“We get donations of medical equipment and give it back out to the community,” said Andrew Beckwith.

Beckwith is the director of Hometown Heroes of Michigan. He said they’ll gladly take the medical equipment people are no longer using and give it to someone who needs it.

“No one should be embarrassed if they can’t afford some of this stuff,” Beckwith said. “It’s expensive, a wheelchair can be like $300-400.”

Wheelchairs, walkers, diabetes supplies – Hometown Heroes of Michigan provides medical equipment to those in need, for free.

The organization’s main warehouse in Lapeer is stocked with equipment and supplies: prosthetics, leg braces, and even adult diapers.

Beckwith says if they have something you need here, or at their storage facilities in Flint and Saginaw, it’s as good as yours.

“There’s no requirements,” Beckwith said. “No one needs a prescription. If someone feels they need a walker, etc., they just come to us and get it for no cost.”

The items are donated and passed along to others who need them. Any medical equipment you’re no longer using, crutches from a previous injury, a wheelchair in your basement, could help people in Michigan.

“We just like to provide people with the necessary equipment they need so they can live a healthier lifestyle. So anybody that can contribute to that is a hero,” Beckwith said.

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