FAQs - White Cross

While we do not yet have a full list, much of what was listed previously is still in high demand.   For 2015-16, the most needed items that individuals or groups can provide directly are:

  • Rolled Bandages (3" preferred; material need not be absorbent)
  • Baby Diapers (sewn)
  • Baby Blankets (sewn)
  • Baby Jackets (sewn)
  • Hospital Bed Sheets (single/twin, flat)
  • Hospital Draw Sheets (~45"x72")
  • Wash Cloths
  • Guest/Rest House  Sheets (single/twin or full/double with pillowcases; new sets preferred; excellent quality, modern-style used are acceptable)
  • Crutches
  • Misc. Medical supplies (almost anything except liquids and pharmaceuticals, i.e. no medications; also, no diabetes glucose measuring monitors)
  • 4" x 4" Absorbent Squares (make sure material is absorbent, i.e. not polyester)

Other items--as per the current Handbook--can continue to be purchased/produced as you have in the past until we have a fully updated handbook.  Note: Men's pajamas are no longer needed.

We will continue to work with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services on getting timely updates on needs. Other items (other guest house supplies, surgical supplies, and hospital/dental equipment) are acquired/requested as needed (requests are received directly from the field).  Contributions to help purchase and ship these other items are always welcome.

There has been some confusion around this question.  The answer is that pill bottles are no longer needed.  Thank you to those who faithfully collected them over the years.

Shipping is usually paid for by those who donate. Each group or individual that sends items also sends (under separate cover) a contribution to help cover shipping and other expenses. Click here for a copy of the current contribution form.

We also receive numerous medical and hospital supplies from generous donors that do not include shipping contributions. In the past, for example, we have received pallets of syringes, hospital linens, hospital beds and mattresses, surgical beds, an entire OR room, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, specialized electrical equipment, materials for a water treatment plant and much, much more. We are able to ship these items because of the contributions of generous groups and individuals. Consider helping out by downloading a contribution form or giving directly online.

The Canadian address for all White Cross deliveries/shipments is: 11525 – 23 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3. Phone: 780-431-5200
Delivery Information:

  • Deliveries should be made during regular office hours (8:30-11:30am, 1-5pm), and someone from the main office will show you to the White Cross receiving area
  • Taylor staff are not usually available to assist in unloading; please ensure you are able to unload your delivery.

If you will need help or will arrive outside of office hours, contact Bert Harsch at 780-455-7939 before you arrive. If available, Bert will arrange to meet you.

Check back for a complete list of current items and consult the answer to “What supplies are most in demand.”  The primary focus of White Cross is on medical needs.

Do you know someone who has access to unused medical supplies (non-pharmaceutical) and/or used medical equipment?  Contact White Cross Canada to see if the supplies can be used.  A list of the possible supplies is extremely helpful to include with any inquiry.

If it is not on our regular list, it does not mean that we cannot use it. We do, however, want to make sure that every item shipped is needed. If you want to check about items you want to donate, please email White Cross Canada.

Currently, we do not need used clothing. Please donate any clothing to an appropriate charity.


Please see our History Page for more information, and please contact White Cross Canada if you don't see your question here.