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Published July 05, 2012, 11:30 PM

Fargo-based group a real medical HERO

Organization collects medical supplies, sends them to those in need around the globe
FARGO – A Fargo-based nonprofit organization aims to become a local and global hero by supplying medical supplies to communities in need.

By: Demetria Mosley, INFORUM

FARGO – A Fargo-based nonprofit organization aims to become a local and global hero by supplying medical supplies to communities in need.

HERO – Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization – sent a semi-truck filled with donated medical supplies to Globus Relief in Salt Lake City on Thursday to help doctors, nurses, dentists and medical volunteers provide health care to people in other countries.

“We basically ship basic medical items that not so many people can afford to places that are in need,” said Margot Brenna, communications director of HERO. “We’ve been partnering with Globus Relief for years.”

The items sent off on Thursday included a dental exam chair, three new dental assist chairs, X-ray view boxes, hospital blood pressure monitors, surgical supplies and wound care supplies, according to a news release from HERO.

“We’ve been extremely grateful for HERO’s assistance in fulfilling many of our medical resource needs,” Anna Darbonne of Globus Relief said in the news release.

HERO is an organization that collects health care donations from individuals, hospitals, nursing homes, agencies and churches, with the goal of redistributing them where there is a need. Sanford Health, which is among the group’s many donors, regularly supplies the organization with 500 pounds of supplies a week.

HERO was started in Fargo in December 1996 by a local chapter of AORN, Association of Operating Room Nurses. Its goal is to collect, sort, redistribute and share donations, according to the website Herofargo.org.

“We have had 129 volunteers just this year, and all together they have worked 1,931 hours so far,” Brenna said.

HERO has provided supplies to people in more than 40 countries such as Uganda, India, Nepal and Haiti.

The organization sells medical equipment for little or no cost to the local public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at its Fargo office, 5012 S. 53rd St., Brenna said.

“Since we are a nonprofit, we are able to waive the fee for some of the supplies that we have if people can’t afford it,” she said.

For more information on HERO call (701) 212-1921 or email the organization at info@herofargo.org.

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