Derry's Community Caregivers lends a hand to needy overseas
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | April 29. 2014 7:24PM
Donna Kluk of Community Caregivers of Greater Derry hands crutches to Guerero Candido of the International Foundation for Humanitarian Relief recently. Community Caregivers donated the excess items through its Loaner's Closet program. (HUNTER McGEE PHOTO)
Through its Loaner's Closet program, the nonprofit organization on East Broadway in the Masonic Temple building donated surplus items such as canes and crutches earlier this month, said Cindee Tanuma, executive director.
But the program frequently receives too much equipment from donations, and the closet is often filled to capacity, Tanuma said.
Community Caregivers began working with a Massachusett's nonprofit organization called the International Foundation for Humanitarian Relief Aid about two years ago. Rafael Subero, the founder and president, stops by periodically to collect extra medical supplies and have them shipped to the needy in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
"We all cry when we see those things," Subero said.
Along with the medical supplies, Subero said his organization can use equipment that may be obsolete or broken. It also accepts such items as paint, fire equipment, school supplies and building materials.