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Donate Used Prosthetic Limbs, AFOs and More

April 12, 2013

Limbs of Hope

Limbs of Hope founder Hope A. Bevilhymer

Ideally every child in the world would be able to afford and have access to skilled people who can make a hearing aid, AFOs,or prosthetic limb, custom-built to that child’s unique needs. But that ideal isn’t possible, not even for kids who live in the United States. In the U.S., kids may have access to a Shriner’s Hospital or to a Federal program like Medical Assistance that might fill the gap. But those programs don’t exist in developing nations. And right here in the U.S., some families can’t afford to enroll their children in programs like MA that are income-based and come with fees.

Two years ago when I wrote this post about my conflicted attachment to Joy’s braces, I could not find any organization that recycled AFOs. Not so today.

Wheels for the World is a well-known ministry that matches new users in the developing world with wheelchairs previously used in the first world. Other non-profits, many of them faith-based, have stepped up with a similar philosophy: that a device like a hearing aid or a limb custom-made for another child is not ideal, but is better than nothing for a child who has access to none. Here are some of them.

Artificial Limbs: Limbs of Hope and Limbs For Life

Hearing Aids: Starkey Hearing Foundation

AFOs, SMOs, crutches, upper extremity splits: Embraced

AFOs/splints for Club Foot: Club Foot Club

Joy’s latest set of AFOs arrive in two weeks. I think I’ll keep her first, tiniest pair — call it this special-needs parent’s version of bronzed shoes :).  But this time I won’t add her current pair to the bin with her previous five sets. I’ll box them up and ship them to Embraced in Atlanta.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2013 6:02 pm

    Reblogged this on SerialAdopter and commented:
    We’ve donated many of Shannie’s past medical equipment, but this has additional places for items I didn’t realize could be donated. It saddens me that for some child a pair of AFO’s specifically melded to Shannie’s leg is better than none, but that’s where we’re at for now. Spread the word everyone!

  2. April 12, 2013 10:27 pm

    Thank you, Carrie. I’m attached to Seth’s two pairs of AFOs, too, but after talking to my husband tonight, we’ve decided that letting another child benefit in some way from the AFOs is far more important than keeping them as a symbol of his hard work. He’s living proof of his hard work. Thanks for sharing these links. Embraced will be getting two pairs from us, too.

  3. JoAnne permalink
    December 14, 2013 4:16 pm

    My daughter outgrew her afo’s and I would love to donate them to someone who needs them. Is there an address where I can send them?

    • December 14, 2013 4:29 pm

      JoAnne, The only info. I have is in the links in the post. I hope one of them works for you!

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