On the day after Halloween, most of us have had plenty of “fun-size” treats. What’s better than going door-to-door for candy? How about going unit-to-unit, collecting medical supplies to donate to communities in need? That’s what our fantastic team from Operation Green does every month.

Nicole and Meghan, the new Operation Green Leads, are both medical students who volunteer from their already packed schedules to coordinate and collect supplies. This year, they worked with our friends from UHN Volunteer Resources and Transportation Department to get the largest haul yet! Over 50 boxes of still good supplies will stay out of landfill and go around the world to where they are really needed.

Nicole and Meghan also signed up several more departments onto their monthly collection schedule. If you work at UHN and want to start your own collection box in your unit, contact operationgreen@uhn.ca. They can help you set up a box and tell you what’s needed (or scroll down to see the wish list).

Next collection dates: 

  • November 27th 2018
  • December 18th 2018
  • January 29th 2019
  • February 26th 2019
  • March 26th 2019
  • April 30th 2019
  • May 28th 2019
  • August 22nd, 2019
  • October 21st, 2019

Here’s an idea of what they might need:


All 50 boxes have gone to Not Just Tourists, a great group that sends a suitcase of medical supplies with travelers already headed to these locations. By carrying an extra suitcase, these travelers become helpers, not just tourists (thus the name 🙂 ). You can help them pack bags, donate a suitcase, or volunteer to take a suitcase with you next time you travel. I’ve heard their packing parties are legendary!

Now isn’t that better than candy?