Donating Scrubs

  1. I have been through TWO "new" jobs in 2005 that required certain colors of scrubs. One job required royal blue (not too bad) and one job required BRIGHT red (truly hideous, esp. with white skin and red hair, I looked like a Target store.) I have tried for months to sell them, to former co-workers AND on Ebay (no takers!!) They are like new; what a waste of my money .

    I need the room in my closet, and if can't get some money back, can I at least donate them to a worthy cause? Is there a "needy nursing" organization where people can get uniforms (like post-Katrina or a house fire) so they can go back to work? Just curious.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    I found one site in the UK that's desperate for uniforms http://www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk/Wish_List.htm as well as just about anything else. You could try the website of your church's missionary work to see if there is anything similar.
  4. by   MIA-RN1
    Call your local training programs. Some of them are targeted towards lower-income individuals who might welcome the donation of a few uniforms to cut the cost.
    One of the uniform shops near me is just now running a promotion where they are collecting old/used scrubs. They are sending them to Haiti to be used either as scrubs, or if messy, they will be used for bandaging, so maybe ask around local retailers.
  5. by   rjflyn
    Cant believe that you were unable to sell them on Ebay. Check your hospital, at the least they might be able to use them to give to indigent patients who arrive with nothing on or lose there clothes when we in the ER cut them off. Also check the red cross or salvation army- donations at one of these place will at least hopefully get you a tax deducton.

    Rj
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    That is such a sweet thought. I am sure someone out there is needy and will appreciate the donation.
  7. by   prmenrs
    It's nice to try and target [sorry about the red ones] the donation, but if you can't (and sounds like you've tried), then just take them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or whatever is close.
  8. by   Dr. Yell
    Hello Lady Bug,

    I do not know where you are geographically; however, I have a wonderful way you can donate these older scrubs, FYI for anyone looking to donate scrubs. I currently organize student hearing healthcare missions in Africa. We went last year, myself another doctor and 4 of my students. We are going again this year at the end of Feb. The area where we work, within the Nyumbani Children's Home and the Nyumbani Village (http://nyumbani.org/), is very hot and often very dusty. We are in desperate need for scrubs. What we did last year was we wore old used scrubs, then before we left we gave them to the Kenyan medical aid workers and nurses that were there working with the kids. The nurses that treat these kids day in and day out are angels. They were so happy to recieve new scrubs (even if in our minds they were older and used). All of the children are either infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The workers really needed the scrubs, and the red soil in Kitui, Kenya would have ruined the scrubs that we normally wear to work.

    If you still have those old scrubs or know anyone who wants to donate them for a tax deduction, PLEASE email me! I am located in PA.

    We are very grateful for anyone who wants to donate!
    Thanks
    Yell Inverso, Au.D., Ph.D.
  9. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Goodwill and Salvation Army Thrift stores gladly accept scrubs.
    Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Jan 15, '10 : Reason: punctuation
  10. by   TheCommuter
    You will receive a tax-deductible receipt if you donate your unwanted scrubs to charitable organizations such as the ARC (Association for Retarded Children), Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. These places love to sell used items in their freestanding thrift stores.
  11. by   chenoaspirit
    http://www.missionhaitimidwest.org/scrubs.htm

    This place is needing scrubs...
  12. by   caleahy11
    Hi there!
    I have worked with a hospital for a few years now and with clinicals and where I did my practicum I have about 15 different pairs of scrubs. Now that I have my first RN job, I am now transitioning to yet another color scheme. I have so many scrubs and do not wish to sell them, but to donate them. Please let me know how I can do this through your program that you work for in Africa. This is exactly what I want to do with them. Please let me know. My email is caleahy11@gmail.com Thank you so much!
  13. by   denisesmallwood
    Quote from Dr. Yell
    Hello Lady Bug,

    I do not know where you are geographically; however, I have a wonderful way you can donate these older scrubs, FYI for anyone looking to donate scrubs. I currently organize student hearing healthcare missions in Africa. We went last year, myself another doctor and 4 of my students. We are going again this year at the end of Feb. The area where we work, within the Nyumbani Children's Home and the Nyumbani Village (http://nyumbani.org/), is very hot and often very dusty. We are in desperate need for scrubs. What we did last year was we wore old used scrubs, then before we left we gave them to the Kenyan medical aid workers and nurses that were there working with the kids. The nurses that treat these kids day in and day out are angels. They were so happy to recieve new scrubs (even if in our minds they were older and used). All of the children are either infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The workers really needed the scrubs, and the red soil in Kitui, Kenya would have ruined the scrubs that we normally wear to work.

    If you still have those old scrubs or know anyone who wants to donate them for a tax deduction, PLEASE email me! I am located in PA.

    We are very grateful for anyone who wants to donate!
    Thanks
    Yell Inverso, Au.D., Ph.D.
    Hi, I have over 50 pairs of scrubs all different colors that I would like to donate to the nurses at the Nyumbani Children's home. Would love to know how I can do so. I would appreciate it if you could get back to me with details.
  14. by   lgruss12
    hi.. we my friends mom works at a emergency vet hospital.. and they got new uniforms so we collected up ALOT of scrubs, and we were going to send it to a place in africa but they didnt need that many.. so i was hoping theres some way we can send the scrubs.. casue im sure someone is in the need of sccrubs rather than collecting in our house... only problem is that its way to much money to send over the scrubs ..
    my email is egrussenmeyer@yahoo.com email me.
    thankss

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