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Saturday free personal medical equipment event canceled due to overwhelming response

Organizers want to make it clear that anything seen can be taken.

UPDATE: The organization reports that, due to overwhelming response, the Saturday event has been canceled. However, those still looking for equipment can contact Alli Upchurch at 803-935-5273 or by email at alli.upchurch@uscmed.sc.edu.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Saturday is the last chance in Columbia to pick up free equipment. The South Carolina Assistive Technology Reuse Program hosted its annual medical device giveaway.

The event offers free medical equipment for individuals who need it.

“I am a parent of a special needs child, young adult, and I love the reuse program,” said one parent. “We have used it for over 15 years on and off. We’ve donated equipment that she’s outgrown, and we’ve gotten other equipment that she needed without going through insurance. Maybe a secondary item for emergencies or may or may not work, so you have that chance to get it, try it, see if it’s something your person can use."

All the equipment that’s been given away has been sanitized. Organizers want to make it clear that anything seen can be taken.

They’ll be back at the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program building off of Farrow Road on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.