A word about donations. . . . .

As much as we appreciate donations to the Center, we must ask that certain items not be donated, as we have no space to store them, or have few seniors wanting these items:

*Medical products 

*Feeding Tube Products – including but not limited to,

Any blended meals in cans/bottles for tube-fed persons or Enteral Feeding Devices or Accessories such as syringes, feeding tubes, Gastrostomy tubes, pumps, feeding bags/pouches, nasogastric Levin stomach tubes, or other medical equipment.

We are not referring to things like Ensure or Boost. Feeding Tube products are not nutritional supplements that we can give away to our participants. These are liquids specifically for those in Hospice care or otherwise cannot eat foods and must be fed through a tube in their stomach.

*VHS Tapes – As most families use DVD players or streaming devices, and have worn out or tossed out their VCRs, there are few seniors wanting to take these items home.

*Jigsaw puzzles – As of now, we have plenty of puzzles and do not have the space to store more.

*Board games – We have plenty of board games and do not have the space to store more.

*Magazines – Only if they are less than 3 months old.

*Books – We can take 3 or 4 newer hardback books. We may be able to take 3 or 4 newer paperback books. Some of our library space is now dedicated to the Medicare program, so we must REALLY be aware of all the book donations!

*Sewing and Knitting Materials – We can only use yarn. The yarn has to be certain colors and thicknesses. Please ask before donating large quantities of yarn! 

The reason for the restriction on the above items is simple: we want to discourage persons who are trying to empty out a house of a deceased loved one, or to clean out a house of a loved one going into long-term care. We understand that it may be difficult to throw away so many of the above mentioned items. The Center is just not able to properly take on a car or SUV full of items. The Goodwill, Salvation Army and Seamen’s Center on Shipyard Blvd. are much better equipped to handle large drop-offs.

Due to storage limitations, we do not accept donations of books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, or board games. You may call 297-3669 to donate these items to the International Seamens Center on Shipyard Boulevard, 791-2764 for Goodwill, 762-5948 for Salvation Army.

I will work with you to find a suitable home for these items, as some agencies will take these items as donations. Please call 798-6409 before bringing these items to the Center. We appreciate your understanding.

OTHER ITEMS: Please read  – – – – – – – – To donate items such as walkers, wheelchairs, raised toilet seats, etc. please contact Pine Valley United Methodist Church at (910) 791-0353.

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