People, it’s not like they are taking the helium from the party stores and giving it to the hospitals if people don’t use it. Someone getting it from a party store does not affect that…they will still have the helium there regardless if people get it or not. Only if they don’t have it at all is when it probably went to the hospitals. Let’s think about this logically.
There is a national shortage as a lot comes from Russia I work for a large card shop and we have trouble getting our canisters in - we do charge it’s £1.25 upwards depends on the balloon size and as someone else said hospital gets it first.
Please make sure that your balloons aren't able to escape into the outside World where they can float away and eventually be eaten by animals on land and in the sea. They will most probably die as a result.
Helium is in short supply and is needed for hospital use. Also, the balloons are made of plastic and not usually used over and over again. Please consider buying rubber balloons in future, and filling them with air.