Amy Lafferty

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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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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