Requests For Free Loans of Home Health Equipment Up More Than 21 Percent at St. Louis HELP

The value of St. Louis HELP’s contribution to the community totaled more than $2.5 million in 2015

JANUARY 14, 2016, St. Louis, Missouri… The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) assisted more than 6,000 people in 2015 as requests for free loans of home medical equipment offered by the charitable organization increased 21.1 percent over those in 2014 (http://stlhelp.org).

“We loaned 5,570 home health equipment items for free to people suffering from illness, injury or a disability who didn’t have the health equipment they need because they can’t afford it or insurance won’t cover the cost,” said Executive Director Laura Cannon Singer.

“In addition, we diverted 150 tons of equipment from solid waste landfills in 2015 by loaning reconditioned home medical equipment or sharing our equipment with partner charitable agencies, as well as actively recycling,” said Singer. “In 2015 our total waste diversion increased 7.7 percent over 2014.”

“The value of St. Louis HELP’s contribution to the regional community totaled more than $2.5 million in 2015, an increase of more than five percent of the total value in 2014,” Singer said.

“We are thankful and proud that volunteer commitments to St. Louis HELP increased by than 12 percent in 2015. We cannot operate without our dedicated and skilled volunteers who contribute time and efforts to achieving our mission.”

Founded in 2008, St. Louis HELP freely loans  virtually all types of home health equipment including manual and electric wheelchairs; scooters; walkers, crutches, canes; hospital beds; portable commodes; elevated toilet seats; lift chairs — and more – at no charge to anyone who needs it.

“We collect and distribute items throughout the year, and we conduct area-wide equipment donation drives twice a year.  This totals about 11,000 items of equipment collected annually and stored at our warehouse in Olivette,” Singer said. “We revitalize it all. Good parts of broken equipment are used for repairs. Any broken wooden crutches are recycled. Nothing is wasted.”

“Our 5,000 square foot warehouse got so full that we had to expand it by 2,000 square feet in September. We are helping hundreds of people every month and expenses have substantially increased.

Singer said St. Louis HELP’s goals for 2016 include:

  • Increasing the total number of people served by three percent
  • Increasing the total number of items loaned by three percent
  • Increasing the number of volunteer hours by two percent
  • Increasing total waste diversion (recycling) by three percent
  • Increasing the total value of items loaned locally and shared with charitable partners to $2.59 million.

“We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about St. Louis HELP to call us at 314 567-4700 or see our website http://stlhelp.org. Thank you.”
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