Amy Lafferty

Crisis at the border

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HHI began working on the border crisis in 2014 with the onset of the unaccompanied minor crisis. We initially worked with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition as they were setting up housing facilities for unaccompanied minors in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Arizona and Texas. We have continued our efforts by providing both Save the Children and Catholic Charities with hygiene kits. These kits have been given to the people who are released from the border facilities, often with nothing at all.

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Health care in the Bootheel

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Rural Americans face significant obstacles in health care access, including geographic isolation, limited job opportunities, and lack of health care providers. In fact, many rural communities are deemed Health Professional Shortage Areas. To help combat these challenges in the Bootheel of Missouri, HHI has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense and Delta Area Economic... 

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Kansas City Tornado Response

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A massive rain-wrapped tornado touched down to the west of Kansas City, Kansas, on the evening of May 28, hitting just outside of Lawrence and tearing through Pleasant Grove, Bonner Springs and Linwood. The storm downed power lines, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes and other buildings. Heart to Heart International sent an initial disaster assessment team to the areas affected that night. We then deployed our disaster response team early on Wednesday morning and positioned the Mobile Medical Unit at Linwood Elementary School.

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HHI in Jefferson City after tornado

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An advance assessment disaster response team left for Jefferson City early on Thursday, May 23, after a large tornado tore through the town late Wednesday night. The team brought hygiene kits to distribute to people affected by this destructive storm. They also met with local officials and partners to determine the most effective ways to... 

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Rep. Sharice Davids tours HHI Global Headquarters

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Representative Sharice Davids (KS03) toured the HHI Global Headquarters on Friday, May 3, 2019. HHI staff gave her an organizational history overview, including its beginnings in 1992 as an initial airlift to Moscow to provide medications for the empty shelves of the hospitals and orphanages – through its iteration as a nonprofit primarily focused on... 

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Double your donation with our first annual Big Give!

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It started with the simple idea of bringing help to people in Russia. That idea transformed into a project using the U.S. State Department’s largest cargo plane to deliver 75 tons of aid to Russia. On May 22, 1992, the plane touched down in Moscow with enough medicine and supplies to stock the shelves of 32 hospitals... 

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2019 Spring DRT Workshop

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Neither pouring rain or snow in late March dampened the enthusiasm of the volunteers who participated in Heart to Heart International’s 2019 Spring Disaster Response Training Workshop. The 38 medical, logistics and communications volunteers attended lectures and participated in hands-on training from March 28 to March 31 at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. As the final step for volunteers to becoming fully vetted members of the Disaster Response Team, the workshop equips attendees with the knowledge necessary for successful disaster response deployments.

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HHI Responds to Cyclone Idai

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March 29, 2019 – Advance disaster response team in Africa to assist those affected by Cyclone Idai. Heart to Heart International’s advance disaster response team deployed to Beira in Mozambique on Thursday, March 28. The team will be meeting with partners on the ground to assess needs and deliver medications and medical aid to those impacted... 

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2019 St. Patrick Parade

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Heart to Heart International (HHI) was well represented in the 2019 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Joining 90 other parade entries, volunteer Phil Meier drove the HHI Mobile Medical Unit from Lenexa to participate in the 2.5 mile parade through downtown Lawrence. Joining Phil were regular volunteers Donna Lamano , Michael Van Horn, and Ben Gleeson. Also joining the team were volunteers-for-a-day Kate Gleeson, Louise Gleeson (5 months old and her first parade), Max Shipley (age 5), Zach Shipley (age 3), and special guest, Glenn “Woody” Woodmancy – also his first parade. Woody is a 96-year-old WWII veteran living in Olathe, Kansas, who served in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 pilot in the South Pacific conducting photo reconnaissance missions.

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Continuing to Build Back Better in Puerto Rico

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When Hurricane Maria crashed over the island of Puerto Rico in 2017, America’s attention focused on the immediate needs of those whose lives had been turned upside down. Heart to Heart International was there as well. When commercial flights onto the island proved impossible in the aftermath of the storm, our teams took a helicopter... 

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