CHICO, Calif. - There is a group of North State nurses and doctors who are thinking big. Action News Now Reporter Debbie Cobb went to the hub of Project S.A.V.E in Chico, where surplus medical supplies are put to good use around the world.
Director of Chico Project S.A.V.E., Janice Walker discussed the goods they have been sending worldwide.
"We have sent 200 container loads now which is thousands and thousands of dollars worth of goods to mission hospitals," Walker said. "And sent things along with individuals traveling on missions, so what we do we think is important and all of us have committed our life to it."
The Director of New Life missions in Nigeria, Churchhill Odurukwe, said Project S.A.V.E. is giving him medical supplies to start a clinic there.
"This year, two people have died in my family because of simple medical attention. So the point is what we are doing here will go down generation to generation," Odurukwe said.
Local hospitals and clinics have donated this equipment, it's then delivered to this mini storage in west Chico, where the volunteers figure out where it will go and be put to the best use.
"Enloe has given us a lot, Feather River, Sutter medical, Freemont, and Rideout Hospitals," Walker said. "We get supplies from red bluff, Colusa, just all over the local communities. Doctors and dentists have been so faithful and giving their excess supplies."
Project S.A.V.E. has sent medical supplies to 44 nations, sending everything from ambulances and x-ray units, down to wheelchairs.
"It's really vital, otherwise this stuff would be in a landfill somewhere," Walker said. "Every once and a while we think okay, it's slowing down, we'll close. Then, sure enough, we get this huge truckload that will come in and we're able to keep going.
In fact, Project S.A.V.E. has grown exponentially since it began "15 years" ago helping save lives and reminding people around the world how generous Americans are because every container sent out gets an American flag.
"We hang it at the back of the container so when they open it that's the first thing they see. So they know they are receiving a container of medical supplies free to them from America.