How to Donate

This page will give you information on how to find places near you that will welcome your extra supplies as a donation, if we are unable to purchase them from you.

Under the section HELP FOR UNINSURED DIABETICS you will also find links that will direct you to help finding low-cost prescriptions and assistance with getting your diabetic supplies if you are facing financial challenges.


How To Donate Your Supplies

Uninsured and under-insured diabetics often are not able to pay for their diabetic supplies. Donations of diabetic supplies are greatly needed for low income and uninsured diabetics. Charity organizations look for donations of test strips, glucose meters, syringes, sharps containers, insulin pumps and alcohol pads.

Step 1
Check the Islets of Hope website for a list of charitable organizations that accept donations of diabetes supplies and redistribute them to low-income or uninsured diabetics and health care clinics.
http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/assistance-programs/free-diabetes-supplies-1.html

Step 2
Contact hospitals, low income and free health care clinics and ask if they accept donations of diabetes supplies.
Find a health center in your area: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx

Step 3
Consider your local animal shelter! They are often overlooked when they could be desperately in need of supplies to help the diabetic animals in their care.
Find a shelter in your area: http://theshelterpetproject.org/shelters

Step 4
Call social services and ask if they know of organizations accepting donations or of a specific individual in need of free diabetes supplies.
Find a homeless shelter in your area: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

Step 5
Ask your doctor if s/he is interested in accepting your diabetic supplies. Your doctor will most likely encounter an uninsured diabetic patient who could benefit from free supplies.

Step 6
Place an advertisement in your local newspaper listing your diabetes supplies “for free.” Talk to the newspaper about placing your advertisement at no charge to you, since it is a free listing for charity purposes.

Step 7
Post fliers advertising “free diabetic supplies” at a senior citizen center, community center and at the pharmacy. Ask permission before hanging fliers at any business.

Step 8
Ask organizations, hospitals and clinics which types of diabetes supplies they accept before sending the supplies. Most places do not accept expired supplies and many will not accept used supplies.

Charitable Organizations

• Lions Clubs International can help with vision care. Visit www.lionsclubs.org.
• Rotary International clubs provide humanitarian and educational assistance. Visit www.rotary.org.
• Elks clubs provide charitable activities that benefit youth and veterans. Visit www.elks.org.
• Shriners of North America offer free treatment for children at Shriners hospitals throughout the country. Visit www.shrinershq.org.
• Kiwanis International clubs conduct service projects to help children and communities. Visit www.kiwanis.org.

HELP FOR UNINSURED DIABETICS

Financial help for Diabetes – Nat. Diabetes Info clearing house NCIC
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/financialhelp/

Partnership for Prescription Assistance: http://www.pparx.org

Individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacies: http://www.togetherrxaccess.com