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September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

As a Board member and volunteer at St. Louis HELP, I've seen firsthand how this simple program can make significant differences in the lives of the uninsured of the greater St. Louis community. Program participants come to HELP after worrying and stressing over their health situation, expecting more bureaucratic obstacles. They leave relieved and comforted with useful medical equipment and aids for themselves and their caregivers - all at no cost, no deposit, and no hassle!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the satisfied program participants. Also, donors are happy to have someplace to return their family's unwanted medical equipment back to useful life and helping others.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful. Very dedicated and giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 19, 2010

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April 19, 2010

The first drive for donations was held on a very hot summer day. Volunteers were situated in many places, often parking lots of stores or municipalities, to receive items. Ms. Cannon had no idea how well this drive would be but arranged for volunteers to staff the locations and having trucks on site to receive the donations. The response was overwhelming! People coming with donations were pleased to be able to contribute to others in need of the equipment that they no longer using. Much of the equipment was practically new. Along with the supplies many made small donations to St. Louis Health. This program was the dream of Laura Cannon who spearheaded the birth of this great charity. She continues her dedication and energy with no limitations. This program assists individuals and has helped direct much of the large equipment donated to areas at home and abroad (even arranging for technicians to go to the locations to instruct users). This is the heart of a wonderful charity and

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely wonderful and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand service to many other areas

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I have helped with equipment drives in the past. Ms. Cannon began this business with the dream of helping the under/uninsured obtain equipment they could not normally afford. One of the most remarkable things about her service is that she works from donations ONLY, and often times doesn't get those from people recieving her services. Yet, she continues to supply. Her overall care for recycling goods is something that I don't know anyone else to have done in the healthcare business. A few examples include, but are not limited to: - St. Louis HELP provided over $540,000 of home medical equipment to the uninsured, the elderly, the poor and disabled – all without charge or fee to the recipient! - St. Louis HELP served 2,500 uninsured, underinsured, disabled and low income program recipients. - St. Louis HELP received donations of over 5,000 pieces of home medical equipment (45% lent to HELP recipients,17% forwarded to developing nations, 16% in current inventory and 22% responsibly recycled) - St. Louis HELP diverted 90 tons of unwanted home medical equipment out of area landfills. - St. Louis HELP has organized and trained 60 volunteers who through regularly scheduled visits to the warehouse have provided more than 2,000 hours of labor. Imagine what this woman could do if she had more funding available? As is stands, she works with grants and donations. Without this help, St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program may not be able to provide the services it currently does, and the people that rely on it, will again be without. I would hate to see that happen. Thank you for your consideration.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've not seen something so original, practical, and economical, in quite a while.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Ms. Cannon has followed an amazing idea of recycling equipment, that otherwise would be thrown away. I have seen her literally put items to work, refurbished, so that people who could otherwise not afford them, obtain them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I've met staff that were volunteers except one, I believe. Even the owner can be considered a volunteer, as she doesn't get paid until all of HER expenses are paid.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more good than you can wrap your mind around. I believe St. Louis HELP could send the message on recycling equipment, and show how much waste there is within the medical industry that costs insurance companies millions of dollars annually.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

This organization is amazing! They lend out to those in need of medical equipment at no charge. This helps both the client and keeps the medical equipment from being dumped into the environment. We have personally seen friends of ours helped greatly by the organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amount of clients able to be served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) is an organization that provides Home Medical Equipment (HME) to any individual, for as long as necessary, at no charge. It is a program designed to remove some of the limitations placed on the elderly, disabled and low-income community and to provide an outlet for those who would like to give back to the community through volunteering, equipment donations and recycling. Why recycle and reuse? This common sense approach makes a positive impact on the environment, providing usable equipment to those who need it, and responsibly recycling items and parts that can no longer be used. In the past year: - St. Louis HELP provided over $540,000 of home medical equipment to the uninsured, the elderly, the poor and disabled – all without charge or fee to the recipient! - St. Louis HELP served 2,500 uninsured, underinsured, disabled and low income program recipients. - St. Louis HELP received donations of over 5,000 pieces of home medical equipment (45% lent to HELP recipients,17% forwarded to developing nations, 16% in current inventory and 22% responsibly recycled) - St. Louis HELP diverted 90 tons of unwanted home medical equipment out of area landfills. - St. Louis HELP has organized and trained 60 volunteers who through regularly scheduled visits to the warehouse have provided more than 2,000 hours of labor. The uninsured, underinsured, disabled and elderly are at particular risk of facing barriers to accessing HME. These vulnerable populations continue to experience reduced access to health care services demonstrating a continuing need for a strong and viable safety net. HME devices include, but are not limited to, manual and power wheelchairs, scooters, canes, crutches, walkers, shower chairs, grab bars, elevated toilet seats, portable commodes, folding ramps, seating cushions, back supports/positioning devices, dressing aids, electric hospital beds, van lifts, lift chairs and stair lifts. St. Louis HELP accepts donations of nearly every type of home medical equipment device from individuals, vendors and manufacturers.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The program could be duplicated nationwide to assist more individuals in need and further reduce waste in landfills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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