Amy Lafferty

Thank You to Partners for 100,000 Kits

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Hygiene kits are a critical aspect to Heart to Heart International’s disaster responses. The kits provide essential hygiene items to people in the aftermath of a disaster or crisis. These kits are provided to our disaster response teams by the PowrServ program of HHI. Through this program, groups of volunteers are provided the opportunity to... 

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HHI Responds to 2018 California Wildfires

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  November 19, 2018 – California is experiencing what experts are calling some of the worst wildfires in the history of the state. Camp Fire, which erupted November 8 in Butte County, has killed 77 people, destroyed more than 10,500 homes and torched 150,000 acres (roughly the size of Chicago). But, according to Cal Fire,... 

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Philanthropy Day for Apache Elementary School

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On November 15, 2018, Heart to Heart International (HHI), with the charitable support of Wells Fargo, joined with Apache Innovative School to build hygiene kits for people in need. Last month, to coordinate with Apache’s 4th grade lessons on natural disasters, a representative of HHI visited the school and discussed HHI’s disaster responses, including medical... 

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HHI Responds to Hurricane Michael

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Right before the deployment of the disaster response team to Hurricane Michael, HHI Laboratory Programs Manager Judy Hastert was working hard to get an Abbott i-STAT device (a handheld blood analyzer pictured here) ready for the response. The analyzer needed a software update before it could go with the team to Florida, so Hastert reached out to an expert at Shawnee Mission Health who got it updated and ready to go.

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HHI Responds to Haiti Earthquake 2018

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Haiti late on Saturday, October 6, 2018. It was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix on Haiti’s north coast, killed at least 12 people, and injured 188 more. An HHI-Haiti disaster response team, including medical and logistics staff, deployed early on Monday, October 8th to Port-de-Paix. They took medicines, wound care supplies and hygiene kits to help those affected by the quake.

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Improving the Future for Guineans Living with Epilepsy

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“I met a student who could enroll in university because her seizures had abated.”  One aspect of Heart to Heart International’s mission is to provide medicines and supplies to hospitals, clinics and international medical teams around the world. Ignace Deen Hospital in the Republic of Guinea is a recent recipient of such medications. A team... 

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HHI Responds to Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami

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October 9th, 2018 – After the earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, a HHI assessment team traveled to Indonesia, evaluated the situation on the ground and met with our partner, HOPE worldwide Indonesia (HOPE worldwide). As a result of face-to-face meetings with our partner, information gathered from other organizations and the... 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Faye Celestino

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IMPACT. Heart to Heart International’s medical teams are filled with volunteers who strive to positively impact other people’s lives. Faye Celestino is one of those people. She traveled coast to coast, trading Southern California for North Carolina, and has spent the past week supporting the disaster relief efforts as a registered nurse following Hurricane Florence.... 

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Hurricane Florence: Being a support to survivors’ pain

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Sometimes it’s easy to underestimate the power of water. But after more than 30 inches of rain fell and rivers crested beyond record-breaking flood stages during Hurricane Florence, unfortunately, some people discovered that power could be deadly. Heart to Heart International has been in North Carolina since the beginning of the storm and has a... 

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