Project MEND accepts more than $4,000 in community donations during KSAT Community phone bank

Contributions collected will be put toward the nonprofit organization’s medical equipment reuse program

Project MEND celebrates 30 years. Image logo courtesy of Project MEND. (Project MEND, 2023)

SAN ANTONIOKSAT Community hosted a one-day televised donation phone bank on July 20 to help raise money to aid Project MEND’s efforts in providing much-needed medical equipment supplies to the community. The contributions made that evening totaled $4,700 dollars; this includes the generous matching gift from the Najim Charitable Foundation.

Project MEND case managers said they received more than 750 calls at their headquarters on Wurzbach from people wanting to donate immediately or learn more about the services they provide. The interest generated during the phone bank also helped the nonprofit organization get a head start on their July 22nd event, Gear Up for Mobility- A medical equipment donation drive, sponsored by Najim Charitable Foundation.

For 30 years, Project MEND has provided mobility and independence to Texas residents of all ages across 33 counties and surrounding areas through its medical equipment reuse program.

Medical equipment, donated from health organizations or people who no longer need the gear, is given to the Project MEND reuse program. The equipment is then inspected, repaired, refurbished, sanitized, and distributed to Texans in need.

Power chairs, home hospital beds, rollators, and tub transfer benches are among the most requested and needed medical equipment items, however, wheelchairs are the most sought after and difficult to keep in stock.

Project MEND will also be accepting gently used medical equipment (see the full list here) during their Gear Up for Mobility- A medical equipment donation drive, sponsored by Najim Charitable Foundation on Saturday, July 22, at the Wonderland of Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Road) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Project MEND is the oldest, largest, licensed nonprofit medical equipment reuse facility in the state of Texas. They are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illnesses through the refurbishment, reuse, and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology.

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. Click here to read about other KSAT Community efforts.

About the Author:

Stephanie Leonard is the Special Events Coordinator for KSAT Community. She enjoys writing and producing video and digital content.