Serving Our Community During the Crisis
As the country begins to open slowly, we here at SOS are continuing our support of the local community. Kentucky has fared better than other states in our region thanks to critical organizations that responded in a time of need. With over $1,000,000 of supplies donated to our community , SOS was ready to answer the call for help. Our donations to Norton Healthcare, LMPD, Episcopal Church Home, Volunteers of America, Hospuras and many, many others have been used to contain the virus, protect the vulnerable and equip our medical providers with life-saving items.

SOS's Local Donation Program has been working quietly over the years to supply classrooms (JCPS, nursing programs), community healthcare providers (Family Health Center, Hope Wellness Clinic), veterinary offices (Metro Animal Services, Humane Society) and social services (Boys & Girls Club, YMCA). The work of SOS during this crisis has reaffirmed how relevant and imperative the Local Donation Program is to our community - city, state and region.

Mayor Greg Fischer gave recognition to SOS and our work during his daily briefing last week. Click here to watch the interview with SOS President Denise Sears (interview starts at 25:00). Stay tuned for more news about how SOS plans to expand the Local Donation Program after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Humanitarian Relief Continues
As an organization, SOS was founded to re-distribute medical surplus to medically impoverished communities around the world. As COVID-19 has turned our eyes to our local community, our hearts remain focused on the millions around the world that do not have the medical care we receive here.

During our local response to COVID-19, we have continued to ship critically needed medical supplies internationally - sending 8 container shipments to facilities across Africa and Southeast Asia. Our shipments have supplied mobility clinics in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), missionary hospitals in India, mobile clinics in Liberia and teaching hospitals in DR Congo. In Eswatini, our shipment has provided wheelchairs for the disabled. Ignored by society and only cared for by family - they can now have the mobility devices that provide accessibility and freedom. In DR Congo, our shipment will provide equipment for overburdened hospitals, and also provide tools to train a new generation of nurses, midwives and doctors. While we have been focused on our crisis at home, we must not forget those around the world who face health crises daily.
Hand-Sewn Masks Donated in Louisville
Our hand-sewing mask project was able to deliver over 500 masks to dozens of organizations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Thanks to the volunteers who donated their time and skill to our project!
Where did the masks go?

  • Local Nonprofits: taking care of the ill, elderly or compromised, such as Home of the Innocents and Kidz Club.
  • Nursing homes: more than 40 facilities in greatest need in Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana.
  • First responders: in Louisville, Southern Indiana and Lexington - such as LMPD, our local EMT's and Firehouses.

SOS is a Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment.

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