Below you will find information about an amazing charity in Ontario.. I posted this here so others can know about it and maybe use their services as well as possibly creating such a charity in their local elsewhere.
The Charity Provides Donated Used Medical Equipment And Supplies To Those In Need At No Charge.
The Charity Fundraises Annually At Its Golf Tournament. The Charity Has Developed Partnerships With Other Service Agencies / Charities To Offer Its Donated Equipment To More People In Need.
We do all types of medical equipment as well as a 2000 ,square foot workshop for repairs . We are here if you need us , there’s nothing we can’t do .
All materials are used, sterilized, refurbished and at a very low cost.
In fact we have a ten thousand square foot store with over 300 Chairs ready to go at least 50 being power chairs . We sell parts and Complete power chairs are around $800.00.
Registered Name: For the Needy-Not the Greedy Medical Equipment & Supplies Corporation
Business Number: 835093824RR0001
6934 Kinsmen Court, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S5
289 296 8079
Grand Re-Opening “For the Needy, Not the Greedy”
For the Needy, Not the Greedy has a new location at 6934 Kinsmen Court and Jill and Gary Taylor couldn’t be happier with the new building. The Grand Re-Opening took place on October 4th, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Jim Diodati and Kim Craitor MPP.
The new location has 9,000 square feet of space and it’s wheelchair accessible. For the Needy, Not the Greedy is a non profit organization that receives no government funding and it is supported entirely on donations and fundraisers.
Recently the United Way announced it will be presenting a cheque for $7,000 to fund a wheelchair washer to help clean the donated wheelchairs.
Putting unused medical supplies to good use
For The Needy ~ Not The Greedy
The next time you’re thinking about throwing away a perfectly good manual wheelchair or adjustable bed, the people at For The Needy ~ Not The Greedy want you to think again.
“For The Needy ~ Not The Greedy” is a non-profit store located at 5746 Valley Way in Niagara Falls that offers a wide range of previously owned and restored medical equipment and assistive devices to individuals or organizations that need it most.
“We collect, refurbish and sterilize medical equipment and then offer it back to the public at an affordable price,” explains Gary Taylor who runs the store with his wife, Jill. “We get everything on donation and make sure we get it to people that don’t have the money or qualify for government assistance.”
For The Needy ~ Not The Greedy receives and donates all kinds of medical items including wheelchairs, walkers, operating tables, syringes, scooters, infrared wheelchairs for the blind, cushions, tub stools and hospital beds. They also deal in select mechanical products like sleep apnea machines, bone density machines, suction pumps, feeding machines and extremity pumps.
All the Taylors’ refurbished inventory is reduced in price. For example, a top-of-the-line wheelchair that would normally cost $8,000 runs for about $400. Their store also has a huge inventory of equipment that’s available for children at no charge.
The Taylors receive donations of equipment from hospitals, nursing homes, non-profits and private individuals all across Ontario. (For The Needy ~ Not The Greedy provides tax receipts for all equipment donations under five years of age and in reasonable condition.)
According to Gary, many people simply discard medical supplies like crutches and wheelchairs and don’t realize they can be repurposed.
“People have these things sitting in their basements,” he says. “A lot of them just end up in a landfill when there’s really nothing wrong with them.”
Gary and Jill have been in business since 2004 – and their store has become a real labour of love for them. Over the years, the Taylors have helped out agencies like the March of Dimes, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and won several awards for their efforts in the community. They even distribute medical supplies outside of Niagara. For instance, they sent $250,000 in medical equipment to Haiti to help out with the earthquake disaster.
Gary is an amputee himself so he knows how important it is to provide a service such as theirs.
“I cannot believe the demand here – I’m just flabbergasted,” he says. “Our parking lot is always full and there are people here all the time. We get calls everywhere from Fort Erie to Grimsby.”
For The Needy ~ Not The Greedy has helped literally hundreds of people with low or fixed incomes to overcome the high cost of medical equipment and supplies. But unfortunately, the Taylors’ business doesn’t receive government funding so they rely on donations and volunteers from the community in order to survive.
Right now, the Taylors are looking to find a new store location because their current Valley Way site is slated to be levelled to make way for the new Niagara Regional Police Service headquarters. They have to move out by the end of April but are hoping someone in the community can help them find a subsidized location – and fast.
“We’re saving the government tens of thousands every year,” Gary says of their work. “But we can’t do it alone – we need help and we need a new building.”