Yad Sarah, a nationwide voluntary organization that lends out medical equipment and provides services for the sick, lonely and elderly, asked on Monday for the public to return all unused equipment before Passover.
“We are interested in lending the necessary equipment to everyone who needs it to celebrate the Passover Seder with their families,” the Jerusalem- based organization explained.
Passover is the busiest time for Yad Sarah’s 104 branches because borrowed medical equipment – from oxygen machines and hospital beds to wheelchairs, walkers and bath chairs – make it possible for the elderly and disabled to stay with family over the holiday rather than in institutions.
Moshe Teichler, who is in charge of medical equipment quality, said Yad Sarah has bought some 6,000 new items but also needs existing ones that are no longer needed but which users forgot to return. He estimated that before Passover, Yad Sarah would lend out about 20,000 items. Those who have unused medical items, even if they were not borrowed from Yad Sarah, can donate them at the nearest branch, Teichler added.