Volunteers in Summerside and DeSable, P.E.I., spent Saturday loading donated medical supplies into a shipping container bound for an impoverished area in the Dominican Republic.

Hospitals, nursing homes and individuals donated equipment they didn't need any more.

Organizer Dr. Marvin Clark said the donations will help medical professionals deal with a menacing health care crisis in many of the Dominican's communities.

"Wheelchairs, canes, crutches, dressings, suture material. That kind of thing, the everyday kind of encounters they have where people are unable to even get their wounds dressed, let alone with clean dressings and stuff," said Clark.

The container is on its way to Saint John and then Puerta Plata.


More than 50 men and women scurry about this warehouse in Summerside packing medical supplies. (CBC)

The medical equipment will arrive in the Dominican Republic within the next two weeks.