Wins for Kansas: Medical Loan Closet of Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

If you've ever been injured or sick, you know the cost of medical equipment can be expensive. But a Wichita non-profit group has found a solution. It lets you borrow what you need.

Inside it looks like a medical supply store. But as its name implies, the Medical Loan Closet of Wichita is not in the business of selling.

"There are no requirements to borrow from us," Ambassador Steven Gardner explained. "You don't have live in any geography, go to any church or prove income of anything like that. If you drive in and you need a piece of equipment and we have it, we'll lend it to you for a small donation."

Gardner is one of dozens of volunteers who make it all work. The items that are loaned are usually donated, and they can be expensive.

Even if you have insurance, you might be surprised to learn what's not covered. "We were surprised. It's the items used in the bathroom - a commode, a bath bench, a shower chair. Those are things that are not covered by the insurance," board member Ronda Bowles said.

The demand has never been higher, as the group has nearly doubled the number of loans it's made in only one year.

"Every day I leave feeling that I've helped somebody," Gardner added. "Somebody's life has gotten better because of what I was able to do, what we were able to do."

The Medical Loan Closet of Wichita received a $500 Wins for Kansas grant from DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

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