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Nurse's Club show off the new wheelchair they bought, 1964

Community Lending Closet

The Nurses Club identified a need in their communities - access to medical equipment - and immediately got to work on helping. They started a Community Lending Closet, which contained a plethora of medical equipment that residents could borrow, free of charge, for up to 3 months.  Equipment included wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and hospital-style beds. The Nurses Club also had a close relationship with other clubs in the suburbs, and could often find specialized equipment, like aspirators. This helped relieve some of the burden of buying or searching for expensive health equipment for families in the area. 

The Nurses Club frequently held rummage and bake sales to help fund the Lending Closet, and were always searching for new items to add to the closet. 

In addition to the Lending Closet, the Nurses Club would host or sponsor clinics, such as a hypertension (high blood pressure) clinic held in 1972 and 1973.