What We Provide
fellowship with an ostomy “family”
support and suggestions from local ostomates
a bimonthly newsletter with excellent articles from national and local physicians, surgeons, and WOCNs
valuable tips and “how-tos” from ostomates
the latest regarding Alternate Procedures
contact information for local ostomy clinics where WOCNs advise about the management and care of ostomies
contact information for local and national ostomy suppliers and manufacturers.
Why Do We Meet?
Our presence is encouragement to others.
No matter how long ago your surgery, no matter how many meetings you have attended, there’s always information to be gained.
Keep up on newer developments and hear the speakers who are invited with information pertinent to ostomates.
We may have questions and problems that can be asked and answered at the meeting or researched.
Give support and encouragement to the volunteers (leaders and trained visitors) and to each other.
Be role models for new ostomates to show an active life can continue.
See that many of those who were in trouble are now helping others.
Learn what’s new in management equipment.
Feel good with our peer support group.
Experience a sense of accomplishment and renew a positive attitude for life and fulfillment.
The following organizations are great options to donate your unused and excess ostomy supplies.
Silver Spring Medical Supply Loan Closet
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
15300 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20905.
To donate contact Marilee Tollefson, 301-384-4394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The closet operates a large medical loan closet with a large inventory of donations for pick up. There is no cost. Items are dispensed on a first come, first served basis. Examples of supplies available for pick up include: hospital beds, bedside commodes, canes, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs, feeding formula and equipment, CPAP, ostomy, and diabetic supplies.
Friends of Ostomates Worldwide FOW - USA
4018 Bishop Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
You may include open packages by bagging and labeling them with item name, size and manufacturer. Remember, no liquids or expired supplies.
Stephanie S. Sullivan
3500 45th Street, Suite #16A
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Osto-Group is a non-profit organization that provides donated ostomy supplies to uninsured ostomates in the US for the cost of shipping and handling.