Calcutta Airlift

– 1996 –

Heart to Heart organized one of the largest shipments of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies ever assembled by delivering more than $12 million in product to Calcutta, India. The project was three years in the making. Dr. Gary Morsch dreamed of organizing a medical airlift to help Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Then two years of hard work by staff and volunteers paid off in April when a FedEx MD-11 loaded with more than $12 million (U.S. wholesale) in medicines and supplies landed in Calcutta.

While several facilities run by the Missionaries of Charity received product from the airlift, Heart to Heart and its 92-member volunteer delegation also delivered supplies to the Assembly of God Misson Hospital, Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Misson, Cancer Centre and Welfare Home, and four large teaching hospitals in Calcutta, among others.

This large relief shipment would not have been possible without the contributions of several significant partners, including FedEx, McDonnell Douglas Corp., Hoechst Marion Roussel, Black & Veatch, Calcutta Rotary Club, Eli Lilly and Co., Glaxo Wellcome, Rotary Club of Johnson County (Kan.), McNeil Consumer Products, and Mercury Phoenix Trust.