We were grateful to be able to participate in the City of Minnetonka Special Community Drop-Off Day on Saturday!

Each year, the city hosts two special Saturday drop-off events where Minnetonka residents can dispose of appliances, tires and other large household items.

City of Minnetonka website

Mano a Mano collected 1,170 pounds of medical equipment and supplies, including 6 canes, 6 walkers, 8 wheelchairs, a Hoyer lift, an oxygen concentrator, oxygen tanks, and many miscellaneous medical and physical therapy items.

Enrique and John packing a donated item onto the Mano a Mano truck at the City of Minnetonka Special Community Drop-Off Day – June 3, 2023
Special Community Drop-Off Day

Thanks to the City of Minnetonka for inviting us (again!), and to the Mano a Mano staff and volunteers that spent the day collecting everything.

Everything we collected on Saturday will be sent to Bolivia, where Mano a Mano distributes medical supplies, mobility equipment, and other in-demand items to people and organizations in need throughout the country. We also make supplies available to people and organizations locally in the Twin Cities as we are able. In 2022, Mano a Mano shipped 220,704 pounds of supplies to Bolivia and distributed 25,910 pounds to other organizations with programs in the US and elsewhere in the world. Instead of being thrown away, these items will be put to good use for people in need.

1 of 3 containers we loaded at our St. Paul warehouse with 75,272 pounds of medical supplies, mobility equipment, and other in-demand items in late April that are now on their way to Bolivia.

Mano a Mano Distributes Supplies in Bolivia in Many Different Ways

On Saturday, March 11th, Mano a Mano hosted an event to distribute school supplies, medical supplies, and mobility equipment to 84 organizations throughout Bolivia. Sometimes we make large distributions, like this event in March; other times we donate a walker or wheelchair to one person that reaches out; we also take them along on Mano a Mano flights and site visits to our projects throughout rural Bolivia.

Health care and support personnel drove for hours, some for as much as two full days, from as far away as Rurrenabaque, for the distribution event on March 11th. Their dedication and gratitude for these items that would otherwise have been discarded here in the US is a powerful reminder of why we do this work.
Mano a Mano staff often receive requests for mobility equipment; these include general requests at our Cochabamba warehouse but also come up when we are working on community projects such as wells. They brought walkers and wheelchairs to the Laguna Sulty celebration and gave demonstrations on how to use them safely:  how to lift someone into a wheelchair; how to manage a walker on bumpy terrain;  how to keep the equipment in working order.
When we fly to remote communities for weekend health clinics, we also include supplies and equipment.
Specialized pediatric wheelchairs sent from Minnesota to Bolivia help support our Physical Therapy program in Cochabamba.