A little more than two years ago, I stumbled upon an amazing organization in the Fargo, ND, area that collects and redistributes donated healthcare materials to benefit those in need. HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) takes usable supplies that would have ended up in a landfill and recycles them by giving them to people who can use them. HERO by the numbers in 2012:
- More than 156,000 usable medical equipment and supply items were saved from disposal in area landfills.
- A total of 33 different global mission teams received health-related items for distribution around the world. The teams traveled all over the world, including India, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines and Uganda. Since 1996, HERO supplies have served people in more than 50 countries.
- 4,600+ hours of community service were performed by 170 volunteers.
- Approximately 3,119 individuals and agencies in North Dakota, Minnesota and surrounding areas received medical items for little to no cost.