Supplies Over Seas, a local nonprofit organization, honored its founding physicians and other volunteers at a Founders Reception on Nov. 15 at the Old Medical School Building downtown.
Some 40 individuals and volunteer groups that began collecting surplus medical supplies and equipment from local hospitals in the early 1990s were recognized at the reception. The supplies they collected were shipped around the world to improve health care in developing countries.
Norton G. Waterman, MD and Toni Linville, RN were honored as the primary founders of what became Supplies Over Seas, often referred to as SOS. Since 1994, SOS has shipped over 600 tons of medical supplies and equipment to 90 countries worldwide.
Surplus is donated by hospitals, nursing homes, other companies and individuals. Volunteers find the mission both unique and compelling: protecting the environment at home and saving lives around the globe with what we waste.
For more informatoin, visit www.suppliesoverseas.org.