Green Diabetes: How to your Give Extra Diabetes Supplies and Insulin to Others In Need

(or How NOT to be The Grinch)

In this podcast, we talk about two options to deal with your excess supplies of insulin that is still good to use, so that it doesn't get wasted.

1) iPump.org: This is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide critical, temporary financial assistance and free supplies to diabetics in need of all ages throughout the United States. They accomplish this through donations from those of use who may have spare supplies sitting around.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the board of iPump.org since May 2008.)

2) Insulin For Life: they collect excess unused insulin vials that can still be used and distribute them throughout developing countries in coordination with local centers and International Diabetes Federation's "Life For a Child" program.

This page lists their collection centers where you can mail your insulin. Also, for members living outside the US, this another place you can send your excess supplies (specially strips).

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Comment by Manny Hernandez on March 17, 2009 at 4:01pm
Also, other sources of help for affordable supplies and patient assistance can be found here:
http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/84404/42866/assistance-2-0
Comment by Lahle Wolfe on March 17, 2009 at 3:50pm
Unfortunately, it is true that iPump is not currently accepting new applications for adults at this time (this was effective March 2, 2009). But this is temporary - not permanent.

Like many nonprofits, we are hurting, too. More than 95% of all iPump's expenses came from my personal bank account last year because cash donations are so few and far between (I also worked for free the entire year). With the tough economy and more people losing jobs, our in-kind donations are significantly down as well because people need to hold onto their spare supplies now more than ever.

In the fall of 2008, we saw a 450% increase in the number of applications and few donations to meet that need. Please know that it is not because iPump does not care, but in fact it is because we do care (we have helped more than 7,000 people in just two years) that are own resources are now so limited.

I encourage you to read the full reason why on our website. Cutting back on programs now will ensure the long-term success of iPump. I hope that those who can give, will continue to do so without fear that we are going under. When donations are coming in again, we will be able to re-open programs accordingly.

Kind regards,
Lahle Wolfe
Founder/CEO, iPump
Comment by Cherise on March 17, 2009 at 1:38pm
FYI...ipump.org is not taking adults anymore so those of us without insurance are screwed when it comes to getting other supplies like test strips. This went into effect 12/08.
Comment by Teri on July 8, 2008 at 6:00pm
Thanks for letting me know also Manny! Jess is now on the pump as well and we have some extra items to be shared with others. I'm all about sharing things that are in need!
Comment by Michelle on June 28, 2008 at 7:20am
Thanks Manny...I've had two boxes of syringes sitting in a box in my pantry since my daughter started on her pump nearly 2 years ago. I knew I wanted to keep them rather than toss, but never came across anyplace that was willing to take them. Great resources! Now I know!
Comment by tmana on June 15, 2008 at 10:24am
Another place to donate unused testing supplies is Fight-It, a non-profit run by the folk at www.diabeticrockstar.com>DiabeticRockstar to get testing supplies out to people with diabetes who cannot afford these necessary items.

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