Mission: HERO collects and redistributes donated healthcare materials to benefit those in need.
Results: In 2012, HERO served a volume of 3,119 individuals and agencies in our local and regional community. A total of 33 different medical mission teams received over 97,000 pounds of supplies and we saved over 152,000 pounds of supplies from area landfills.
Programs: HERO serves people locally, regionally and globally. Primary recipients are residents of North Dakota and Minnesota. HERO is open Monday through Friday to provide individuals and agencies with medical supplies and equipment and accept equipment donations to redistribute to those in need. HERO has 3 staff and hundreds of volunteers that sort, clean, and pack donations to give to those in need. Many college and high school students are provided volunteer service opportunities at at HERO.
I travel to Haiti with a group of doctors and nurses to give medical care to the people of Haiti. We obtain many of the needed 10,000 pounds of medical supplies that we send each year through HERO. Those good supplies would have been put into the local landfills but because of HERO's efforts those much needed supplies go to Haiti with our medical team. The supplies are used to preform 40-50 surgeries and enable the hospital staff to continue giving care long after we leave.