|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 and 9 orphanages.
And Heart to Heart International was born.
Since that day 27 years ago, we have delivered aid to more than 130 countries and facilitated more than 1.1 million volunteer hours, changing an untold number of lives along the way.
To commemorate this first aid shipment and everything that’s been accomplished since, we are launching Heart to Heart International’s first annual Big Give. From now until May 22, every donation will be matched up to $10,000.
You have the chance to double your impact by sending twice as many medicines, twice as many supplies, and changing twice as many lives.
President H.W. Bush, May 1992
“I am delighted to send warm greetings to all those who are participating in the Heart to Heart Airlift project …
Your contributions reflect the profound generosity of the American people, as well as the wonderful tradition of volunteerism that has flourished on these shores.”
- $199.20 – For 1992, the year of our first airlift
- $130 – 130 countries where we’ve shipped aid
- $27 – 27 years of helping and healing