Frequently Asked Questions

For Recipients

  

Are there any requirements to get items from the Medical Supply Room?
No. All people are welcome. At times we need to help those in the greatest need first, such as the homeless and uninsured.


What does it cost?
There is no charge for the items we give away. Financial donations are always welcome. We do not rent, sell, or loan equipment.


What do you have?
We almost always have: canes, commodes, shower chairs, crutches, standard two-wheeled walkers, toilet risers, cushions, blood pressure monitors, diabetic test equipment, nebulizers, CPAP, BiPAP, occupational therapy supplies like as sock aids and dressing sticks, ice machines, briefs, chux, gauze, cleansers.


What items are in short supply?
Tub transfer benches, wheelchairs, knee scooters and four-wheeled walkers with seats and brakes. Requests for these items far exceed available donations. 


Is there paperwork to sign?
You are asked to sign a liability waiver when you receive equipment from us. The equipment is yours to do with as you wish however we ask you not to sell it. Give it away or re-donate it to our program when you no longer need it.


How long can I use borrowed items?

As long as you or your loved one needs the item(s). If it is still in good condition, please return it to our program or loan it to someone.


Will you deliver?
Not usually. We have no vehicles. Occasionally we may make exceptions in certain circumstances. Call for details.


Are you open every week?
Yes, we are open Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm. We closed on the major holidays (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving…)

For Donors

 What items do you accept?
Almost everything medical that a person could use in their home such as: briefs, apnea machines, bedrails, blood pressure monitors, canes, commodes, crutches, cushions, diabetes monitors and strips, gait belts, gauze, Hoyer lifts, incontinence washes and creams, ice machines, lambswool, medical tape, nebulizers, orthopedic boots, oxygen concentrators, quad canes, reachers, scales, slings, shower chairs, sock aids, tub transfer benches, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs. We can take short ramps at our sites but not long ramps. All items must be clean and sanitized. Supplies should be in original packaging, but open packages are acceptable. If in doubt ask: Would I give this to my loved one to use tomorrow? If the answer is no we will not be able to give it to someone in need.


What items can’t you take?
Prescription medications and syringes cannot be accepted since we cannot redistribute them. We cannot redistribute liquid nutrition for tube feeding as this is a prescription item. We cannot store oxygen tanks and don’t have room for very large items such as hospital beds, electric scooters and electric wheelchairs.


Will you pick up donations?
Not usually. We have no vehicles. Occasionally we may make exceptions for large donations. Call to ask.


Are you open every week?
Yes, we are open Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm. We closed on the major holidays (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving…)


Can you take broken items?
It depends on the availability and skills of volunteers at each site. We do not have a budget to make repairs or buy parts. As a general rule we accept ONLY clean, usable items.


Will I receive a donation receipt for tax purposes?
Yes. Camarillo United Methodist Church is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and can give you a written receipt. We cannot document the value of your donation per IRS regulations.