Tip of the Day Tuesday: Where to donate glucose meters

Yesterday Cheryl posted this comment:

I love reading the scenarios and get lots of ideas, but I have to ask….what do you do with so many blood glucose monitors? My husband in diabetic, but we can’t use all of those!

Her timing was perfect since there are a lot of deals on glucose this week and I had already planned this topic for Tip of the Day Tuesday!

There are lots of great places where you can donate your blood glucose meters if you don’t have a use for them: (please note that your meters will need to be sealed in the original packaging if you plan to doante them)

*Free clinics – If you have a free clinic in your area, contact them to see if they will accept your meter donations

*OB/GYN offices – Donate to your local OB/GYN office for pregnant women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes

*Senior citizen centers – Check with your local senior citizen center to see if they have a need for or will accept your donation

*Schools – school nurses keep these on hand for monitoring blood sugar levels in students

*Vet clinics – even pets can have diabetes!

*Freecycle – Click here to find a Freecycle group near you. Post a message offering to donate your meters, and they’ll be gone before you know it!

Here are a few other organizations which accept donations:
*American Diabetes Association

*Ashley’s Diabetes Information Center

*Hope Heals Healthcare Ministries


*Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

*medWish International

Sometimes the test strips are more valuable to people you know who may be diabetic than the monitors themselves are. The Bayer Breeze/Contour monitors (which are on sale at CVS/Walgreens this week) contain free test strips. If you know someone who is diabetic and uses these monitors, they would probably be grateful for the free strips as they are VERY expensive. Some people take the batteries out of the monitors to keep and use and then donate just the strips.

If you do make a donation, don’t forget to get a receipt so you can use your donation as a tax deduction!