SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – Did you know there is a free community doctor’s office open to residents of Spartanburg County who need medical supplies?
This is called Spartanburg actions. The organization says it’s the only one of its kind in the upstate.
James Zuckowski’s child needed help.
“My son’s girlfriend had a very, serious accident. And she stayed in the hospital for two weeks,” Zuckowski said.
The doctors told them she could go to rehab or they could get the equipment needed to have a CNA at home. So he came to Spartanburg Shares and got everything he needed.
“I came here for the gear, but I also volunteer,” Zuckowski said, “That’s how I started.”
Spartanburg Shares is a nonprofit that lends medical equipment and supplies to the Spartanburg County area. It especially helps people without insurance or adequate coverage. You can rent wheelchairs, crutches and canes free of charge for at least 90 days, but also longer, if you really need them, depending on demand.
Evan Carr is the Volunteer Coordinator.
“I think the more awareness there is and the longer the pandemic goes on, or the more people get older and get sicker; more of us were calling, emailing, Facebooking, getting gear,” Carr said.
Carr says their equipment can save patients a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. To rent, all you need is ID to prove you live in the county, but Carr says they’ve reached people even further afield than The Upstate.
“We reached out to someone locally from Boiling Springs,” Carr said, “His grandpa is across the country. We helped her get him the gear he needed.
The closet needs volunteers, donations of equipment and supplies, and monetary donations so it can continue to help families like Zuckowski’s.
“Anyone who has, for example, a wheelchair in a garage used by Grandpa,” Zuckowski said, “Bring it back to us, because we need it here.”
Carr says they need help to keep going.
“We need to have at least two people in the building to operate during our hours. If there’s only one person available, we’re basically closing for the day,” Carr said, “Without enough donations, just like with volunteers, there’s less reason to justify being open. .
They need volunteers for shifts Tuesday 9am-1pm, Thursday 2pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. You can choose your time block.
Equipment requesters are listed in order of arrival.
You can find the closet at 137 South Dean Street. You can also click here for more information.
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