We don’t accept in-kind gifts such as medical equipment, drugs, food or other materials for our operations. Here’s why: a huge part of what makes MSF so effective at emergency medical response is our ability to operate rapidly. After decades of experience, we’ve developed specialized, pre-packaged kits that are ready to go at a moment’s notice. These tried-and-tested materials can get to our teams much more efficiently than if we had to manage screening, sorting, and packing different types of supplies. Some more viable options could be to check with your local community centres, shelters, hospices, hospitals or seniors’ homes, as they can often make use of extra supplies.