View Full Version : A recycling or Freecycling type idea ...

01-13-2008, 09:04 AM
I was chatting with another member about all the durable medical supplies - and things like extended shoehorns/elastic shoelaces, etc. - people with insurance are often given in the hospital, yet never use.

Some of us have better insurance than others (or insurance, period), some insurance companies are more generous to pay for durable medical supplies, and even things we purchase (grabbers, shower seats, tub rails, etc.) may only be used for the short term - and can be quite costly.

What's everyone's opinion on starting a forum area for asking/offering no longer needed supplies - for free or reduced cost - to those who'll need them?

(and, yeah ... I *am* an avid Freecycler ;-)

Best regards,

01-13-2008, 01:52 PM
Pam - I think that's a great idea! I can't offer any of my stuff right now, unfortunately, because I will be needing it for the 4th time! However, I will pay attention now to see if there's any small items I don't need or don't use and will be happy to send them on to anyone who might need them.

01-13-2008, 07:56 PM
I havent touched my extra long shoe horn, sock putter-on-er, or elastic shoe laces and would be more than happy to pass them on!

01-13-2008, 08:13 PM
um, they give you those curly springy shoe laces? I've been looking for them, my mom had them after her hip replacements but I haven't been able to find them.

01-13-2008, 11:25 PM
No need for sock "putter on-ers" ... unless you just go out and want to wear the killer stiletto boots - heh ...

Other than that, for me, it's flip flops 365 days a year - except for cleats ;-).

01-14-2008, 12:47 AM
I think it's a wonderful idea!!! I have passed on all of my helpful props, except more my brace.

Can't seem to part with that, not that it would be useful to anyone else, but I can't throw it away. I don't know why???


01-14-2008, 04:29 AM
Shari, I loved the term "props" ;-) ... how apropo!

Best regards,

Alma in Alaska
01-14-2008, 06:00 PM
This would be good we would need to put are location so people would know about shipping and if it may be close enough to pick up. I was on Fairbanks Freecycle site looking for a treadmill don't have one yet but I love saving money. We might want to keep it here but maybe put the word out on the other scoliosis sites. That Is A Great Idea. Thanks Alma in Alaska

01-15-2008, 07:00 AM
Dr. Boachie is always looking for used "props" for his FOCOS Foundation patients in Africa....he asked me to bring in my brace for recycling next time I see him. I'm still using my shoehorn and sock-putter-onner and wonder if I will ever NOT need those things......

And even though I don't use my cane much anymore, I could never give it away. I actually feel sentimentally attached to it....I think because I was so elated to get off the walker after three months and onto the cane. Maybe I'll decorate it and hang it in my bedroom. :cool:

01-15-2008, 08:45 AM
I have a walker with wheels on the front and regular legs on the back that I hope to never use again. Its free for the asking. Anyone in Southern California wanting to come get is welcome to it! At this point I still use my sock putter-on-er ( I was given a very nice one that folds in on itself and doesn't stretch my socks out) and my long shoe horn so they won't be going anywhere anytime soon I think.