“Wow, I wish I knew about this when I was recuperating from my accident.”
The Southwest Lending Closet is one of those resources, when you learn what they do, you’ll be saying just that.
Simply put, they loan medical equipment free of charge to people in need. Things like wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, crutches, canes; many of the things people need for a short time after they’ve been injured.
Like 65-year-old Virginia of Avondale who needed a wheelchair and several other items after a foot injury: medical supplies she couldn’t afford. Southwest Lending Closet loaned her what she needed at no cost.
Many people borrow from their neighbors and family. Some must rent or buy equipment, not knowing if they’ll get reimbursed by their insurance company.
Without the Avondale nonprofit’s help, Virginia would’ve had to rent or buy. But she didn’t run out of luck. Thanks to Southwest Lending Closet, Virginia got what she needed for free. Like so many other Arizonians in need.
Our donation this month is helping this 14-year-old nonprofit buy equipment and expand their service. In 2013 almost 5000 people borrowed equipment at no charge, saving almost $450,000 in equipment rental costs. That’s almost a third more people than they were able to help the year before.
The way the organization works is simple. They will loan anyone in need (no qualifying) any of the equipment they have for up to 90 days free of charge. The only thing they ask is that you pick it up and return it, as they cannot deliver.
Do you know someone in need?
The Southwest Lending Closet is located at 218 N. Central Avenue in Avondale and is open Monday through Saturday. Please call 623-932-1016 before visiting, as their hours are limited and inventory changes daily. Or visit their website: www.southwestlendingcloset.org
Do you want to get involved?
They are completely staffed by volunteers and are always in need of people’s time. You can also donate money and items: www.southwestlendingcloset.org/Volunteer___Donate
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