GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Medical equipment is often a big expense for people who only need the crutches or wheelchair temporarily. 

A 1-year-old nonprofit in Greenwood Village offers a free solution.

The South Metro Medical Equipment Closet takes donated gear, cleans it and then lets people borrow it.

It’s free and available to adults across the Denver area.

  (Photo: Jeremy Moore, KUSA)

Equipment and financial donations to the service are tax deductible, and any money received goes to pay for insurance and cleaning supplies.

The most-needed equipment donations include knee cruisers, hospital beds and wheelchairs.

“We have had people tell us a wheelchair costs $ 400, and they just can’t afford to buy one,” Donna Ralston said, who started the nonprofit. “And so we are there to supply that need.”

  (Photo: Jeremy Moore, KUSA)

The South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet has eight volunteers who take calls for loan requests and donations five days a week at 720-443-2013.

“Well, a lot of them only need it for a little bit of time so they don’t really want to spend the money buying something,” volunteer Patti Jo Oakley said. “My faith tells me I should relieve the suffering of the world, and by helping people in their time of need, I’m doing that.”

You can donate to the cause here.

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