If you want to donate used medical equipment in San Diego, I’ve made a list of all the organizations, and their locations, to which you can donate.
You can donate medical equipment in San Diego to –
- the state Assistive Technology Program
- reuse centers
- recycling centers
- loan closets and lending libraries for medical equipment
- private nonprofits helping the disabled in their communities
- Salvation army stores
- Rotary Clubs
- humanitarian organizations
- nursing homes
- veteran centers
- senior centers
- on craigslist
- on usedHME
- on Facebook
- on Freecycle
- on Nextdoor
Contents Overview & Quicklinks
- Donating used medical equipment in San Diego near me, online
- Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Craigslist
- Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Freecycle.org
- Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on UsedHME.com
- Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Facebook
- Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Nextdoor.com
- Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on OfferUp
- Area Agencies on Aging
- San Diego Social Services
- Lions Clubs
- Rotary Clubs
- Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul, San Diego
- Lutheran Social Services
- The Jewish Family Service of San Diego
- The Rock CHURCH C.A.R.E.
- Presbyterian Urban Ministries
California Assistive Technology Program
Ability Tools – the California Assistive Technology Program
Ability tools is a great option for donating medical equipment if you use their online equipment exchange.
Ability Tools has an online Assistive Technology Exchange where you can post AT devices, including durable medical equipment, for donation, or for sale – it’s free, and any state resident can sign up.
The Assistive Technology Exchange website can be found by going to – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php
Ability Tools is partnered with reuse programs who post their available inventory on the Assistive Technology Exchange website as well as private individuals.
Some Reuse Programs are part of a coalition known as the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.
You can find the demonstration centers and lending libraries for devices on the Ability Tools website here.
Reuse centers in and near San Diego
UCP of San Diego County
UCP – United Cerebral Palsy – recycles gently used durable medical equipment to those in need of this equipment for free.
You can donate durable medical equipment to the UCP.
The equipment you can donate includes –
- bath chairs
- gait trainers
If you would like to donate equipment, call the UCP on 858 571 7803 ext. 115
Physical Therapy For All
The majority of the organization’s rehabilitation equipment is donated to nonprofit organizations in Orange County and San Diego County.
Much of this equipment is reused and passed along free of charge to people without the financial resources to buy it themselves.
You can donate items such as –
You can make inquiries on the phone number below, or on their website.
31022 Via Mirador,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949 735 9955
Goodwill Stores, which accept donations of used medical equipment in San Diego
Goodwill San Diego County has 49 locations in and around San Diego where you can donate items for their thrift stores.
Not all take used medical equipment, so do call first rather than just turning up.
You can go to their locator tool to find stores with donation points here.
Just click on the location you want, and you will get the store information.
Salvation Army donation drop-off locations in San Diego
The Salvation Army, accepts donations including some home medical equipment, but only so long as it is in good condition.
To donate home medical equipment you will want to go to this page on their website – https://satruck.org/
Below is a screenshot of that page.
Enter your zip code in the box below the service you require, and you will see a map with all the locations, addresses and contact links, as you can see in the screenshot below.
All you have to do is to pick a site from the map, or the list, and contact them about dropping your donation off.
Other organizations and thrift stores which accept donations of equipment in the San Diego Area
Amvets Thrift Stores
The money raised at Amvets thrift stores through the sales of donated equipment goes to veterans, veterans’ families and communities in California.
On the store’s Facebook page, you can see for sale –
- adjustable/hospital bed
- bedside commode
- patient lift
Here is the Facebook page –
Amvets Thrift Store
999 Cardiff St,
San Diego, CA 92114
Phone: 619 651 1650
Team Amvets Thrift Store
3441 Sutherland St #2031,
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619 297 4213
DAV Thrift Stores
D.A.V. is a nonprofit organization which runs 4 thrift stores raising money to help support disabled American veterans.
D.A.V. accepts donations of –
- shower chairs
- hospital beds
- transport bench
Phone: 800 894 2486
1049 Elkelton Blvd,
Spring Valley, CA 91977
L Street & Broadway E of I-5 881 Broadway,
Chula Vista, CA 91911
1130 E Main St,
El Cajon, CA 92021
Cassidy Street West of I-5 1624,
South Coast Hwy,
Oceanside, CA 92054
Deseret Industries Thrift Store
Deseret Industries thrift stores accept donations of “gently used” and clean home medical equipment.
Chula Vista, CA 991911
Phone: 619 423 2317
Father Joe’s Villages
Father Joe’s Villages have a list of what not to donate, and used medical equipment is not on it, so I think it is safe to say that they accept used medical equipment.
There are 3 stores/donation centers plus a daily auction/donation center –
Daily Auctions and donation center –
815 33rd St,
San Diego, CA 92102
Imperial Beach –
Thrift Store and Donation Center
1555 Palm Ave, Suite F
San Diego, CA 92154
El Cajon –
Thrift Store and Donation Center
2325 Fletcher Parkway,
El Cajon, CA 92020
Thrift Store and Donation Center
1457 University Ave,
San Diego, CA 92103
Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church International Ministries Thrift Store
You will need to call to find out what equipment they accept.
Their website is here – https://www.christtemplesdchurch.org/home
309 Prescott Avenue,
Phone: 619 937 0197
Loan closets which accept donations of medical equipment in San Diego
Cecily’s Closet – San Diego
“Cecily’s Closet” partners with The UCP organization of San Diego to make used medical equipment available to those who need it.
The following passage is from the Cecily’s Closet website –
“Cecily’s Closet encourages parents to make donated equipment available to families in need directly through the Cecily’s Closet website. The process is simple:
1) Send us a picture and a description of your item to email@example.com or post directly to the Cecily’s Closet page on Facebook.
2) Cecily’s Closet will post the item to FaceBook.
3) Once we find an interested party we ask the interested party to pick it up directly from the donor. This enables us to scale and recycle more equipment! “
Ramona Food & Clothes Closet
The loan closet is part of the thrift store they own.
773 Main Street,
Ramona, CA 92065
Phone: 760 789 4458
The types of equipment that you can donate –
Nursing homes in the San Diego area
Nursing home always need medical equipment, and will often accept gently used medical equipment – if they don’t it is probably because they have to have strict rules about sanitizing used equipment, and they may not be able to do that themselves.
Abby Gardens Healthcare Center
Birch Patrick Convalescent Center
Villa Coronado Skilled Nursing Facility
Cottonwood Canyon Healthcare Center
Aviara Healthcare Center
Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital
The Cove at La Jolla
Arbor Hills Nursing Center
Caluya’s Residential Care
Boulder Creek Post Acute
Amaya Springs Health Care Center
Senior Centers in the San Diego area
Below is a list of the senior centers in the San Diego area, many of these may have their own loan closets and accept gently used medical equipment.
Cathy Hopper Clairemont Friendship Center
Norman Park Senior Center
Encinitas Senior Center
Park Avenue Community Center
Florence Riford Senior Center
Norman Park Senior Center
Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center
San Marcos Project Care
Gloria McClellan Senior Center
Veteran Centers in San Diego
Rather than visiting, just give them a call and see if they accept donations of medical equipment.
Donating used medical equipment in San Diego near me, online
Donating used home medical equipment online is an easy way to do it very close to home.
You can post a listing for very local areas, making it easy to meet somewhere close to you to pass on the item.
A couple of points about passing on equipment need to be made when you are using online listings –
1) It is not a good idea, in general, to hand the item over at your home.
Especially if you are the caregiver to an elderly, vulnerable person.
It is a good idea to arrange the pickup at a coffee shop, a mall or somewhere else in public, as you have no idea who may be picking the item up, and the person may have other motives, so just be careful.
2) Especially for women, it is a good idea to have another person accompany you to the drop-off meeting to hand your item.
3) Create a throwaway email address for the online posting if you are using Craigslist, as the email can easily become inundated with spam, and you don’t want to have this happen to your regular private email.
Popular websites where you can donate medical equipment –
- Facebook Marketplace
Do be clear in the description of your item in any listing, that the item you are donating is given “as is”, and that you accept no responsibility for any breakage or accidents when the new owner uses it.
Don’t donate items which are in poor condition, they would be better going to a refurbishing center where they can either fix it, or use it for spare parts.
Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Craigslist
Craigslist.com is an online listing open to everyone, to list an item for sale or for free, or to buy and accept items.
Creating a listing is simple, and you do not have to join anything.
The area in which your listing can be seen can be easily refined, and you can select areas around your neighborhood to advertise, restricting where your listing can be seen it to certain neighborhoods in larger cities.
Craigslist is not a social media platform, and as anyone can use it, so be a little careful about giving out personal information, as there are a lot of creeps out there – users of Craigslist do not have a profile that you can look at, like they will have on Facebook or some other sites, and you cannot check out who the person is you are meeting.
The site has a huge number of listings and is all over the world.
Craigslist also has a garage or yard sale section, where you can see what is going to be at the sales, by checking out the photographs that are posted. I know this is not really related to donating your equipment, but it is very useful if you want to get more stuff, or just go and drop the equipment off at a garage sale for them to sell.
You can find my illustrated guide on donating used home medical equipment on Craigslist.com here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Craigslist ? An Illustrated Guide”
Screenshot of Craigslist listings page
Screenshot example of a Craigslist garage sale page
Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Freecycle.org
Freecycle.org is another good platform for those who want to give a new home to their no longer needed home medical equipment.
Freecycle.org says of itself –
“The Freecycle Network (TFN, or Freecycle) is a private, nonprofit organization registered in Arizona ….. TFN coordinates a worldwide network of “gifting” groups to divert reusable goods from landfills.”
The Freecycle network is the product of a shared philosophy of gifting and reusing to protect the environment.
To be able to offer your items, you do have to join groups, but it is free and simple enough to do.
You are able to check your area for groups before you join, and to take a look at what people in the group are offering and requesting.
Once you find a group in your area, you can join the group, and then gift whatever you would like, keeping it in circulation for others to reuse.
As with the other sites, you should really only give away equipment which is safe to use and in working order.
Do make sure that you make it clear in the item description that you are offering the item “as is”, and that you accept no responsibility if there is a problem afterwards, and that there is no guarantee for the item.
You can find my illustrated article on how to donate used home medical equipment near you on Freecycle.org, here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me on Freecycle.org ? A Very Quick Illustrated Guide”
Screenshot of Freecyle.org page
Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on UsedHME.com
Used Home Medical Equipment is another online “free listing service where people can, buy, sell or donate” used home medical equipment, but it is different, in that it is dedicated to these products alone, so it makes it simpler to find what you need.
The service works by zip code, so that those in your zip code will be shown your listing.
You also have the option of adding more zip codes around you, to broaden the area of the search, if you want to.
If you choose to donate your item on usedhme.com, don’t give out your main private email, it’s better to create a throwaway email for this so if it gets spam emails you can just delete it.
The listings have a lot of free equipment, and it is a great way to help people who cannot afford to buy brand-new home medical equipment.
If your item is not in good working order, or unsafe, a better option is to donate it to a local refurbishment center where there are technicians who can either fix it, or use it for spare parts.
The transactions conducted on this site are between the person offering the items and the person who wants the item, and the website does not come in between the two.
You can find my illustrated guide on donating used home medical equipment on UsedHME.com here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On UsedHME ? An illustrated Guide”
Screenshot of UsedHME.com’s equipment categories page
Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Facebook
If you have a Facebook account, you’ll have two options for donating used medical equipment –
- join local “buy and sell” groups
- post listings on the Facebook Marketplace
There are many categories of items sold, bought and donated in “buy and sell” groups, and on the Facebook Marketplace.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can join for free.
Don’t give away equipment which is in bad condition, unless it is for spares.
Do be careful in your dealings with strangers, and do make it clear in your descriptions on your listings of donated items, that the equipment is donated “as is”. That it comes with no guarantees, and that you cannot be held responsible if the new owner has an accident using the item, or if it breaks.
You can find my illustrated guide on how to donate used home medical equipment on Facebook, here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Facebook ? An Illustrated Guide”
Screenshot of Facebook Marketplace page
Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on Nextdoor.com
Nextdoor.com is an online platform for you to connect with your local community – your neighbors.
And where amongst many other things you can buy, sell and giveaway stuff.
It connects people with others in the surrounding neighborhoods, so it is a great place to buy, sell or give away free items, very locally.
You have to be a member to do this, but it is free.
When you join Nextdoor, the platform uses your address to connect you with others with addresses around you, making it more difficult than on some other sites for people using fake identities.
Even so, do not be lulled into a false sense of security, there are still scammers and fraudsters, and just because someone lives nearby, does not mean they won’t scam you.
As with all of these online platforms, don’t give away equipment which is not structurally sound.
In your product description on your listing, specify that the item is used, that the item comes with no guarantees, and that you accept no responsibility for any mishaps or breakages with that item – it is offered “as is”.
You can find my illustrated guide on how to donate used home medical equipment on Nextdoor.com, here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Nextdoor ? An Illustrated Guide”
Screenshot of Nextdoor.com “All Listings” page
Donate used medical equipment in San Diego near me, on OfferUp
OfferUp is a “mobile first” platform, for selling and buying used goods – you can also use it on desktop.
It is very quick to use, but you have downloaded the free app to your mobile.
Setting the area that you want your listing to be shown in, and items to pick-ups only, will keep it all in your local area.
Offerup bought the app Letgo and combined the services.
I have not written an article on OfferUp, as there is a very good video on this, which you can see below.
Organizations who may know where to donate used medical equipment near me
The following institutions and administrations should know where you can donate durable medical equipment –
- Your local Area Agency on Aging
- Social services office
- Local church communities
- Local town hall or chamber of commerce
- Local hospitals
- Emergency rooms
- Private clinics
- Faith based charities
Area Agencies on Aging
Area Agencies on Aging are contracted to provide support to the elderly and their caregivers, to help them to remain independent.
This may include – instruction on healthy living, in home support and care, classes for caregivers, support with meals, dementia, and lots more.
Your agency will know about all the local nonprofits working with the elderly and the disabled, and who may welcome donations of used medical equipment
Aging and Independence Services is the region’s area agency on aging, and is under the umbrella of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
The website is here – https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ais/Services.html
San Diego County Social Services
Your county department of social services may also know where there are charities accepting donations of medical equipment.
The Department of Social Services in San Diego County is called the Health & Human Services Agency.
The webpage is on the San Diego County website here – https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa.html.
The Lions run many Charity programs, and a lot of Lions Clubs will run community loan closets for medical equipment.
You can use their locator tool to find a club near you and to find out if they have a loan closet, or can point you in the direction of a club in your area which does.
I have an illustrated guide explaining how to very quickly find a Lions Club near you, which you can read here.
Just like the Lions, the Rotary organization does a huge amount of charity work, and runs lots of different programs through its clubs.
To find out if a club near you is taking donations of used medical equipment, or knows of clubs or other organizations in the area that are, you can use their locator tool.
I have an illustrated guide on how to very quickly locate a Rotary Club near you, that you can read here.
Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego
The Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego have a large range of services they provide for –
- food distribution
- food resource centers
- the homeless
The organization should be able to give you more information about other faith based charities to which you can donate used home medical equipment in the San Diego area, if they don’t want to accept it themselves.
You can contact them to get more information on their website here – https://ccdsd.org/
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, San Diego
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, San Diego provides services to those in need –
- food pantries
- a thrift store which provides donations to the needy
- information on government services
You can find out more information on their website here – https://svdp-sandiego.org/
Lutheran Social Services – Southern California
Lutheran Social Services have one specific program, they call Senior Companions, in San Diego County.
Senior Companions – Serves infirmed seniors in the community by pairing them with volunteer companions who can assist with errands and other household tasks, or simply provide conversation and friendship
You can contact them and ask if they have any seniors in the program in need of a donation of gently used medical equipment.
The program is listed on their website page here – https://www.lsssc.org/what-we-do/social-services/
Their address –
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
999 Town and Country Road, Ste 100
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714 685 1800
The Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Quite a number of programs are run for older adults by the Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and you can see those here on their website – https://www.jfssd.org/our-services/older-adults/
You can always contact them and ask if they have anyone on one of their programs who may need any particular equipment that you wish to donate.
Phone: 858 637 3210
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Joan and Irwin Jacobs Campus
Turk Family Center,
8804 Balboa Ave,
Sand Diego, CA 92123
The Rock Church C.A.R.E.
The Rock Church program provides a number of services to individuals with cancer, and they may also know of persons who would benefit from gifts of certain types of durable medical equipment.
Their website page for the program is here – https://www.sdrock.com/ministries/cancercare/
You need to contact them by email, and the form is on the page I have linked to above.
Presbyterian Urban Ministries – San Diego
The re are a number of programs they provide for low income families and individuals, so they too will know of persons who may benefit from donations of durable medical equipment.
I am providing a Facebook page for them, as their website appears to have been hacked at present – https://www.facebook.com/www.pumsd.org/
You can call them at – 619 232 2753
Tax deductions on donations
If you make a donation to a registered charity, keep the receipts if you are hoping to get a tax deduction.
The IRS will require a receipt for the item.
I’m Gareth, the author and owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com
I have been a caregiver for over 10 yrs and share all my tips here.