Donating Used Garments/Supplies Policy Effective May 15, 2020
Effective May 15, 2020 Lymphie Strong will no longer facilitate donations in the group unless the items are brand NEW from an unopened box and you are able to cover the cost of shipping. US only shipping is acceptable. No money should exchange between you and the recipient.
Our group has grown and changed in many ways. In the early days five years ago when we were smaller, we could do a lot more personal things like donate items to each other. Nowadays FB is getting tougher and tougher about tracking exchanges in non-sell groups. Namely bots look for drugs, pets, and human trafficking. They are making Admins more accountable and shutting down groups without recourse and without warning.
Also one of our last recipients did not pay the shipping for a pump, and a donor was out almost $80. It was rude and unacceptable. Some also do complain about the condition of received used items as not being “gently used” as described.
We have to set healthy boundaries, and it makes everyone uncomfortable to be stuck in the middle of an awkward situation where a problem develops either from the donor or a recipient complaint. Not to mention the time lost chasing for answers or being blocked.
Therefore, here is a quick list of your options in our group.
- You can contact your Certified Lymphedema Therapist to see if they can repurpose your garment(s).
- You can donate to Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema Foundation by visiting their website to see if it is acceptable to them.
- You can join the NEW/USED sell group Lipedema Lymphedema Used and New Compression which is solely dedicated to selling and/or exchanging new or used lymphedema and lipedema goods. FB has different rules applied to sell groups.
- If your item is NEW from an unopened box, fill out this form to get started.
Thanks for understanding and for your cooperation.