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Diane’s Place – Giving Back

by | Oct 13, 2022 | Community

A MEDICAL LOAN CLOSET FOR WAIKOLOA

Why Give Back?

It’s a simple question and certainly an array of answers will be given by many, but here’s mine. With the real estate business in a bit of a quagmire here on the Big Island: covid 19, lack of inventory, influx of interest rates, inflation and the uncertainty of our world today, my clients are laying low. I don’t blame them, so I decided to get creative with my extra time and give back.

Answer:

  • Giving makes you happy
  • Giving is good for your health and relieves stress
  • Giving strengthens the community and brings people together
  • Giving evokes gratitude and provides a sense of purpose
  • Giving makes an impact in the future of others
  • What could I do to “give back” and make a difference in my community?

Solution: Create a Medical Loan Closet in Waikoloa for North and South Kohala.

Medical loan closet

What is a Loan Closet?

A Loan Closet lends out home medical equipment to people recovering from illness or injury free of charge. Most organizations receive their equipment from members of the community who no longer need it. Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes and high-rise toilet seats.

The equipment will be offered free to anyone in need. There is no time limit as to how long you may have the equipment to use and the equipment is on a first come first served basis. We simply ask that you return the equipment when you no longer need it, so that the next person can benefit.

The Goal

The Waikoloa Loan Closet was established to help the community of Waikoloa and surrounding areas in loaning out home health care equipment. Our goal is to provide assistance during times of need and perhaps relieve some stress and worry.

Diane Rivas

My Inspiration

I was inspired to write this blog and establish a Loan Closet when my clients purchased a home in Waikoloa Village. Once in escrow, we learned that the home belonged to a woman who had passed away and who had left an incredible legacy in the Waikoloa Community. There was a lot of medical equipment left behind at closing that needed to be moved. I didn’t want to throw the equipment down a trash chute, because our landfills are already at capacity, so I had an idea. When I worked at Boulder Senior Services before I moved to Hawai’i, we had a loan closet. Why not start one here? What started as a crazy idea, has now morphed into a reality. This is dedicated to my inspiration, Diane Rivas.

Collaboration

Thus far, I have collaborated with North Hawaii Hospice, Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, Kupuna Care, Dusty Donkey Emporium, the County of Hawaii EMS division and of course, the people of Waikoloa.

Kupuna Care

Distribution Location

The location is at: The HCEOC Kupuna Care office – 68-1845 Waikoloa Road Suite 221 Waikoloa, HI 96738 Highlands Shopping Center on the second floor. (Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council.)

The loan closet will be available to dispense medical items Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30 by appointment. Holidays the office will be closed. Please check on equipment availability with Kami, Phyllis or Bev.

TO DONATE:

Please call or text Phyllis @ 808-217-6816 or Beverley @ 808-895-4679.

Update

As of October 1, 2022, the Waikoloa Loan Closet is officially open. Spread the word. If anyone needs medical equipment, please reach out to us. We are a phone call away. Check out our Facebook page at Waikoloa Loan Closet for news and future updates.
Mahalo to all of the individuals and community organizations for collaborating together and making this a reality. Special thanks goes to the people of Waikoloa who are donating and “giving back” to others.

 

Take a chance, find time to “give back”

Phyllis Klicker, RS-77134

POST AUTHOR:

Phyllis Klicker, RS-77134
Realtor Salesperson
EMAIL: [email protected]
DIRECT: (808) 217-6816