It is good that you wish to donate the spare ostomy supplies to a charity because there is great need for these by people who have no other way to obtain supplies.  For instance, ostomates in Puerto Rico are still trying to recover from the hurricane last September, and some ostomates in Asia and Africa are left with only one pouch after being discharged from the hospital.

There are two charities that have large warehouses that are staffed by volunteers where are different products are sorted and sent to people needing the supplies. The problem with local groups dealing with spare supplies is the vast variety of options for a good fit for ostomates. There are probably about 10,000 different variations of pouches and accessories (one vs two-piece systems, size of ostomy, with/without filter, size of pouch, urostomy vs ileostomy, or colostomy, closure clip or velcro).

You are encouraged to use the following options: The first serves people in all countries and the second serves uninsured Americans. Both will provide receipts if requested for tax purposes.

Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA: FOW-USA, 4018 Bishop Lane, Louisville, KY, , 40218. or send an email to:info@fowusa.org.

Osto-Group: Stephanie Sullivan, Osto-Group, 3500 45th St. Suite 16-A, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, Phone: 1-877-678-6690

In Northern Virginia, we have one option for spare supplies that can be delivered to the collection point. This is Kenny’s Closet at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. They do not deal with mail, UPS, or Fedex and only accept deliveries on Thursdays between 10:00am and 12:00Noon. The volunteers for this group are only at Kenny’s closet during two hours each week. You can obtain more information about this from: gail.erickson@mwhc.com. There address (for deliveries only) is Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center, 1300 Hospital Drive, Suite 305, Fredericksburg, VA. 22401.

Thank you for finding out ways to distribute spare ostomy products. As indicated above, there is reat need for these by many people.