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July 31, 2019

Nonprofits, schools receive $93K of Reliant Medical's old furniture, supplies

Photo/Grant Welker Reliant Medical Group's Shrewsbury medical office
Photo | Courtesy Elizabeth McLennan of Partners for World Health, Dona Neely and Tracy Pierce of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, and Mark Chamberlain of Reliant Medical Group mark the donation of supplies from Reliant's recent shuffling of medical office space.

Reliant Medical Group's shuffling of medical offices in recent years has come with some beneficiaries: nonprofits, schools and businesses who've taken in donated supplies.

A total of 19 nonprofits, 14 schools, 12 businesses and nine municipal departments have taken in furniture, equipment, supplies and fixtures through the Devens-based Great Exchange, which aims to keep such items from ending up in a landfill when offices are moved or closed.

The Great Exchange, which is hosted by the nonprofit Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, made the donations July 22 after collecting 36,400 pounds of supplies from Reliant Medical Group.

Among the recipients is Portland, Maine,-based Partners for World Health, which will distribute 850 pounds of surgical supplies, disposable bedding, crutches, bandages and other material to medical facilities around the world. Project New Hope, a Worcester social services agency, collected more than 200 pounds of baby formula, school supplies and other material to deliver to veterans and their families across New England.

Among others receiving items: the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, the Nashua River Watershed Association in Groton; and the businesses Catania Oils in Ayer, Darmann Abrasive Products in Clinton, E.T.&L. Corp. in Stow, Hollingsworth & Vose in Groton, Keller Williams Realty in Leominster, and MagneMotion in Devens.

Reliant has played something of a game of musical chairs in recent years in Central Massachusetts, moving into former retail spaces including a former Macy's at the Auburn Mall, a Price Chopper in Shrewsbury, Linens 'n Things in Westborough and a former Sports Authority in Milford. Other spaces have been shuffled as leases expired and Reliant looked to better customize spaces for its needs.

In all, Reliant closed or consolidated 11 locations, said Dona Neely, the executive director of the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center. Recipients of Reliant's donations saved more than $93,000, she said.

The Great Exchange, which is based in a basement below a Devens office building, says it helps keep more than 50 tons of material from being thrown out every year.

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