Red Cross needs repair ‘HELP’

Do you like to tinker and fix things? The Canadian Red Cross, Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) is in need of Medical Equipment Repair Centre (MERC) personnel in Castlegar.

Do you like to tinker and fix things? The Canadian Red Cross, Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) is in need of Medical Equipment Repair Centre (MERC) personnel in Castlegar.

HELP is a volunteer-driven, community-based program that provides free, short-term loans of essential medical equipment that allows people to safely recover at home. The equipment we loan out needs to be maintained and repaired on a regular basis.

Some of these items are in limited supply and high demand so the turn-around time for getting them checked over and repaired if needed is sometimes very short.

Last year in the Kootenay Boundary area alone almost 2,000 people borrowed 3,900 pieces of equipment through our program.

The work done here in the MERC is essential to ensuring the equipment is safe and available for the next person who needs it.

You can make a world of difference to someone in your community by bringing your talent for fixing things. Full training and support is provided. We have a fully equipped shop and the coffee is free — but you will want to make it yourself!

We are located at 1250 26th St., in the old Kinnaird Middle School. The depot is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. if you would like to drop in for a tour or please contact the Castlegar Canadian Red Cross office at 250 365-3911 for more information on how to become a member of the MERC Team.

 

/Submitted by Canadian Red Cross