HARRISON, N.Y. -- Fifth-graders at Harrison Avenue Elementary School volunteered their time to the AFYA Foundation, helping to sort donated medical equipment and humanitarian supplies that are sent to countries around the world in desperate need of these basic life-saving materials.
The mission of the AFYA Foundation is to collect the surplus of medical supplies in the U.S. that go unused by hospitals and donate them to countries in need. According to the AFYA Foundation, hospitals in the U.S. discard nearly 7,000 tons of usable medical supplies each year, supplies that often end up in landfills.
By their calculations, AFYA has donated more than $26 million dollars in medical supplies to more than 56 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It has helped residents of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, the people of Haiti and Japan after earthquakes devastated their countries, and Pakistan after floods ravaged that nation.
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