July 31, 2020
To: MN DAV Donor Connect Program Advocates
Dear Advocates of the MN DAV Donor Connect Program.
On March 19, 2020, the MN DAV Foundation Board of Directors decided to suspend the MN DAV Donor Connect Program because of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the risk of donating and dispersing medical equipment to our venerable age group of Korean and Vietnam Veterans.
This memo is to inform you that the MN DAV Foundation Board of Directors for the same reason mentioned above decided to keep the program shut down and revisit it at the end of the year.
This means we will not accept Durable Medical Equipment donations nor will we facilitate the disbursement of medical equipment.
I appreciate your understanding in this decision to help minimize health risks and maintain a clean and healthy environment for our MN DAV Veterans and/or their family members.
MN Disabled American Veterans
To Donate or Request Equipment Please complete the form below
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The Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota has established the Donor Connect Program to connect veterans and their families in need of used durable medical equipment with medical equipment donors. The goal of the program is to build better lives for all Minnesota veterans and/or family members. Equipment is maintained by donors until it is connected to a specific need; we cannot pick up or store items for a number of reasons. The DAV of MN cannot estimate when an item will be connected.
We ask for detailed information about equipment and then enter that information, along with the donor’s contact information, into our donation database. This database is sent out to veterans and veteran advocates across the state as well as being posted to our website. When a request is received we try to link it with the equipment which best fits the situation/needs and if needed refer to alternate resources. We provide the donor contact information and at that point it becomes the responsibility of the requester to connect with the donor to set up an exchange time and place.
The Donor Connect Program is completely donation based. There is no cost to either the donors or the veterans who receive the donation. All donations are fully tax-deductible. We help the donor find a Minnesota veterans and/or family members in need and ask the recipient work with the donor to make arrangements to transfer the donated equipment. At such time that the recipient no longer needs the equipment, we help place it with another veteran and/or family member in need.
What items are NOT accepted for donation?
- Hospital Beds
- Any items in need of batteries or repairs
- Personal medical supplies such as; Prosthetics, B-pap and C-pap machines, nebulizers, IV stands, external feeding pump systems, nutritional supplies, catheter kits, hearing aids, prosthetics, incontinence items or diabetic supplies.
Used durable medical equipment accepted for donation:
- Aluminum Ramp
- Walkers, two-wheel and four-wheel
- Lift recliner in working order, not soiled or worn
- Manual folding wheelchair with foot rest
- Body lift/ Hoyer Lift
- Power scooters and wheelchairs with good batteries in working order
- Stair Lifts for transporting up and down stairways
- Shower Chairs/Stools and Bathroom Grab Bars
For quicker response please email program manager Gerry Falkowski at [email protected] | (320) 828-6761