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Deadline for donations of used aluminum crutches, walkers, canes extended to Dec. 3

Penn State Health has pushed the final day of its donation drive for gently used aluminum crutches, canes and walkers for its hospitals and outpatient locations to Friday, Dec. 3.

A global shortage of aluminum means that most hospitals have a dwindling supply of crutches, canes and walkers, which are useful for patients in hospital emergency departments, those who have hip or knee surgery and many others.

Anyone who has gently used aluminum crutches, a cane or a walker sitting around their home may donate them at one of the following drop-off sites during the specified dates and times. All donations will be inspected for safety and sanitized, then distributed to patients who need them.

Cumberland County
Carlisle Airport
Life Lion Hangar
228 Petersburg Road, Carlisle, PA 17013
Monday ─ Friday: 8 a.m. ─ 4 p.m.

Dauphin County
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Life Lion Hangar
10 Life Lion Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. ─ 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. ─ 7 p.m.

Berks County
Life Lion EMS Berks Division
1001 James Drive, Suite 15, Leesport, PA 19533
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. ─ 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. ─ 7 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: What’s causing the shortage of these medical supplies?

A: Like so many other issues caused by the pandemic, there is a global shortage of aluminum used to make these supplies. Hospitals’ current inventories are running very low, and vendors who usually sell these devices simply don’t have them.

Q: What is meant by gently used?

A: Penn State Health needs devices that are in good shape and good working order so they will be safe for patients to use. All donated equipment will be assessed to make sure it is safe before it is donated to a patient.

Q: Can I donate wooden crutches or canes?

A: No. Unfortunately, there are no good methods of sanitizing wood products, so that is why donations are limited to aluminum.

Q: Will patients be charged for these donated items?

A: No. These will be given to patients free of charge.

Q: Can I get a tax deduction if I donate items?

A: We encourage you to consult with your tax advisor regarding the tax deductibility of the items you donate.

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This story has been updated to reflect an extended deadline.

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