On Tuesday night, the Ohio Blogging Association rolled up our collective sleeves to volunteer at MedWish. MedWish is a Cleveland-based non-profit that re-purposes medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to developing countries.
First, we got a tour of MedWish’s impressive warehouse, with supplies either waiting to be packed or already set for destinations like Pakistan, the Turkish/Syrian border, and Haiti.
MedWish provides hospitals and clinics with supplies they might not otherwise ever be able to afford. Heidi, one of the MedWish staff members, told us about a 40-pound box of supplies that MedWish packed to be taken by a doctor to a refugee camp. The cost was a nominal $3-per-pound shipping fee. The doctor told MedWish those 40 pounds of supplies would have cost $27,000 through a U.S. hospital.
MedWish also has two domestic programs: one which provides training and work to people with developmental disabilities and one which donates supplies not fit for human use to non-profit organizations such as animal rescues.
Our volunteer task for the evening was making suture kits to be taken to South Africa and Panama. Heidi explained the contents of the kits and then our assembly line was off and running.
We packed nearly 100 suture kits, which will help provide basic medical care to those in need: a concrete task that is just a small piece of the aid that this organization provides.
In attendance were bloggers/tweeters from:
To find out more about how you can help MedWish, with time, money, or supplies, click here. And to get all the details on Band Aid Bash, MedWish’s gala fundraising event happening Saturday, April 27, click here.
The next Ohio Blogging Association event will be a meet-up at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 17 for dinner in the new Provenance Cafe and a tour of “The Last Days of Pompeii” exhibit. Space is limited! Click here for more information and to RSVP.