RCIL serves as the Northeast Kansas access site for the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) program and is holding equipment drives this month!  Can YOU help?  Do you have unneeded equipment taking up space?

Did you know that your lightly used durable medical equipment can help a Kansan with a disability who needs assistive technology, but can’t afford it?  The KEE reuse program accepts donated equipment that can be refurbished to high quality standards and then given, free of charge, to Kansans with disabilities and health conditions who need them.

KEE accepts donations such as:  Manual & Powered wheelchairs, scooters & power operated vehicles, communication devices, home care / hospital beds, patient lifts, shower chairs, standers & gait trainers, bi-pap / c-pap machines, and walkers with seats & handbrakes.

KEE Drive Flyer – Ottawa
Ottawa: The Don Woodward Community Center, 517 E. 3rd St. from 10 am – 3 pm on October 22, 2018

KEE Drive Flyer – Hiawatha
Hiawatha:  The Area Agency on Aging, 1803 Oregon from 10 am – 3 pm on October 30, 2018

KEE Drive Flyer – Osage City
Osage City:  RCIL office, 1137 Laing St. from 8 am – 4 pm on October 31, 2018

KEE Drive Flyer – Topeka
Topeka:  RCIL office, 1507 SW 21st St. Suite 203 from 8 am – 4 pm on October 31, 2018

Call for more information or to arrange pick up:  785-267-1717 or 785-528-3105

The Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. is seeking donations of new or gently used durable medical equipment to be refurbished and given to Kansans with disabilities or health conditions through Kansas Equipment Exchange, a statewide program operated by Assistive Technology for Kansans.

Types of equipment being sought include manual and powered wheelchairs, communication devices, hospital beds, bariatric equipment, gait trainers, chargers for power devices, specialized car seats, feeding pumps, aluminum entry ramps and other items.

Donations can be dropped off next week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Resource Center for Independent Living Inc., 1507 S.W. 21st St., suite 203.

If unable to bring the equipment to the office, individuals can contact the Kansas Equipment Exchange at (800) 526-3648 and arrange for pick-up. Likewise, those in need of equipment to stay in their home or for health reasons can contact the same number to request assistance

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Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy will be hosting its annual fundraising garage sale/bake sale on May 30th.  The fundraiser Garage Sale/Bake Sale will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the KYEA parking lot (517 SW 37th St., Topeka).

RCIL will also be holding a Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) equipment drive that day. KEE is designed to move medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, scooters, hospital beds, etc., that is not being used, to Kansans who need the devices. The program accepts donated equipment, cleans and repairs it if necessary, and then places that equipment with individuals who need it.

How can you help? You can donate items for the garage sale including: decorative items, kitchen ware, used DVDs & CDs, small pieces of furniture, small working appliances, books, blankets, sheets, toys in working condition, etc. please no clothing or shoes. These items need to be delivered to KYEA by Friday May 22nd.  No garage sale items you say?  That’s okay, bake something! KYEA will be excepting baked items on May 28th and 29th.  Remember all funds raised benefit Kansas Youth with disabilities! 

So remember, May 30th bring your durable medical equipment to donate to other Kansans in need and buy some items at KYEA’s garage sale to help empower Kansas youth with disabilities!

Saturday, April 13th from 8:00am-2:00pm at RCIL’s Topeka office (519 Sw 37th Street Topeka, KS 66611) will be Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) and RCIL’s Spring Fling.  RCIL Assistive Technology team will be having a resource fair and durable medical equipment drive.  They will be taking equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds, scooters, shower chairs, transfer benches, vehicle lifts, communication devices, low vision aids, standers, reverse walkers, gate trainers, feeding seats, and support chairs.  Donations may be tax deductible.  Your donated durable medical equipment will be refurbished and given to another Kansan in need.

KYEA is having their 4th annual fundraising garage sale and bake sale.  Some gargage sale items include furniture, housewares, decor, CDs, DVDs, and toys.  Additional events also include a plant sale that procedes will go towards RCIL’s Build a Ramp Project and a voter registration drive.

Come on our to our Topeka office and register to vote and buy some goodies to help some great programs/projects!
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Harveyville, Kansas was the site of an EF-2 tornado last night that struck without warning causing severe damage to dozens of homes and injuring 11 people, 3 critically.

RCIL employee, Stuart Jones, immediately requested permission to donate needed durable medical equipment to those in need.

Deone Wilson, our Deputy Director added cases of bottled water and Stuart delivered the equipment and water this afternoon to Harveyville. RCIL was able to donate 6 cains, 3 walkers, 2 commodes and 2 manual wheelchairs to assist the residents. The town and the Red Cross were both happy to receive this equipment.

The tornado season is off to an early start this year. Please be prepared. There is great information available on Ready.gov for emergency preparedness including how to create an emergency plan and how to assemble an emergency preparedness kit.