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Have Medical Equipment to Donate? Start Here

There are many different ways you can give back to Burke—whether it’s through a one-time donation in the name of a therapist or physician who provided you with exceptional care or a recurring monthly gift. An often-overlooked way to help: donating new or gently used equipment. Here’s a quick primer on why it’s helpful, what can be donated and how to do it:

Why is donating equipment helpful for patients and their families? 
Our primary goal here at Burke is to ensure a patients’ safe discharge. Having the necessary equipment is integral to that safe discharge—but a patient may find themselves in a situation where insurance doesn’t cover the item they need. Receiving a donated item can help prevent the patient and his or her family from  having to incur an additional expense. On the flip side, being able to donate equipment is helpful for the community at large, since it would otherwise simply be thrown away.

What type of equipment does Burke accept? 
We take all types of ambulatory equipment, such as canes, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs—both manual and electric—as well as transport chairs and bathroom equipment such as tub benches, commodes and shower chairs. All the equipment should either be new or gently used, clean and in good working condition.

What equipment does Burke not accept? 
Unfortunately, we cannot accept hospital beds or personal care items, such as diapers or catheters, even if they are unopened.

What’s the process for donating equipment? 
Start by calling Sandra Alexandrou at (914) 597-2581. She’ll determine which items can be donated. Once that’s squared away, the equipment can be dropped off anytime at the security desk in the main lobby of Wood Pavilion on Burke’s main campus in White Plains. We do not offer pick-up.

How can you obtain a receipt? 
Once your items are donated, we will provide you with a letter, on Burke letterhead, stating the items that were donated. We do not assign a monetary value to the items.

What happens if you’re unable to take the donation or if Burke has excess equipment? 
If we are unable to take the equipment or if there is a surplus of a particular item, we work with a few different third-party organizations. Two we regularly use are The AFYA Foundation, an organization based in Yonkers, which distributes the equipment throughout the U.S. and the world, and Students for Senegal, an organization at Mamaroneck High School that gathers the items to send to Senegal. Since we don’t have a separate storage space for the equipment, if we know we can’t store it, we may send you directly to these organizations.

For more information or to make an equipment donation, call Sandra Alexandrou at (914) 597-2581.  

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