Double your donation with our first annual Big Give!

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.


“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.”

President H.W. Bush, May 1992

Consider giving:

  • $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

 


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Relief Airlift for the Philippines

Forklift 1FedEx, Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver nearly 100 tons of material, medical aid and supplies to people suffering in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Our share of the aid – 88,700 pounds – left our Global Distribution Center Tuesday, November 19 and will be trucked to Los Angeles, loaded onto a FedEx MD-11 to fly to Cebu City in the central Philippines.

Read more about the Relief Airlift below:

FEDEX, DIRECT RELIEF, AND HEART TO HEART INTERNATIONAL TEAM UP TO DELIVER SUPPLIES AND AID TO PHILIPPINES

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–  FedEx Corp. (FDX), Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid and medical supplies to communities across the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. The shipment, containing nearly 200,000 lbs. of both pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Saturday, November 23.

“FedEx team members around the globe are committed to assisting with the recovery effort,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “As we have done throughout our 40-year history, FedEx is using its global network and logistical expertise to connect non-profit organizations and their relief supplies to the communities most in need.”

The FedEx relationships with Heart to Heart International and Direct Relief date back to 1995 and 2003, respectively. Throughout the years, FedEx has activated its global network to deliver critical and life-saving support to lessen the pain and loss experienced by victims of natural disasters.

“With a disaster of this magnitude, it is imperative that Heart to Heart International rapidly respond with critically-needed aid and supplies,” said Krystal Barr, interim CEO, Heart to Heart International. “Our relationship with FedEx has made that possible for us to do around the world for nearly two decades, and now again for our Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) relief effort. Working with FedEx and with Direct Relief, we know we can make a positive impact for the people of the Philippines.”

The FedEx charter flight departing on Saturday will carry nearly 200,000 lbs. of relief supplies destined for communities in and around Cebu. Onboard cargo includes:

  • Personal care and hygiene items
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • First aid kits

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A Moldova Update…

Want to bring you up to date on Heart to Heart’s anniversary airlift to Moldova, currently underway.
Our medical & non-medical volunteers, along with State Department personnel have been busy: teaching, training, delivering medical aid, traveling the country, meeting with dignitaries and ordinary people. It’s quite a lot to pack into a nine day visit. But our team reports everything is going very well.
Following is an update from HHI’s Dr. Gary Morsch, who is part of the volunteer medical group, along with photos from the trip.

DW HHI

THE BIGGEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED…

We’re now in day five of our nine-day mission. The medical education team is putting on seminars on the topic of hospice and palliative care, with our doctors teaching in medical schools and hospitals, while our nurses are teaching with the Moldovan Nurses Association. We also have a non-medical volunteer team with us, and they have been working on several projects.

I got to see one of their projects yesterday when we visited the town of Lipoveni, where the service team provided sports equipment for the school, and a backpack filled with school supplies, plus a blanket, to every one of the 270 students.

The community put on a big ceremony, with dancing and music performances.The mayor said that this was the biggest thing that had ever happened to their community. They were ecstatic, to say the least!

Over the next few days, we’ll continue our medical education programs, while the service team finishes building a gazebo for hospice patients at a large hospital in town. Friday night the US Ambassador is hosting a dinner at his residence in honor of Heart to Heart.

Everything is going very, very well! It really couldn’t have gone much better… $12 million in meds, a super team of volunteers, and great work being done by the medical education and service teams! Thanks to the home team who came through with a plane load of medicines, and organized this great airlift… perhaps the best project ever!

Dr. Gary Morsch

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A State Visit, Now Let’s Fly…

Recently, Heart to Heart traveled to Washington, D.C. for several events.

First, to see our anniversary airlift fly out of Andrews Air Force Base heading to Moldova.  And second, for a State Department ceremony marking 20 years of the FREEDOM Support Act.

That bit of legislation paved the way for hundreds of airlifts to the countries of the former Soviet Union.  It was signed into law four months after Heart to Heart’s pioneering airlift to Moscow in May of 1992, the airlift that actually birthed Heart to Heart as a non-profit and NGO.

During the past 20 years, Heart to Heart has flown several humanitarian airlifts to various countries in Europe & Asia, working closely with the State Department under grants provided under Operation Provide Hope.

“Operation Provide Hope shows what can be accomplished when relatively modest foreign aid leverages the incredible resources and enthusiasm of U.S. charitable organizations and private companies,” said Daniel Rosenblum, the State Department’s coordinator of U.S. assistance to Europe and Eurasia (on the far left in the photo above).

Read more remarks on the 20th Anniversary of FREEDOM Support Act

As it’s been 20 years, the State Department invited Heart to Heart to attend a commemoration, and provided Heart to Heart founder Dr. Gary Morsch an opportunity to speak on behalf of all NGO’s that have participated in these airlifts.

Not too long after the ceremony ended, it was wheels-up for the anniversary airlift.

This airlift is Heart to Heart’s largest yet under the State Department’s Operation Provide Hope, in terms of value.

Packed onboard an Air Force C-17, medical aid and supplies weighing 18.5 tons and worth $12-Million (U.S. wholesale), took off from Andrews AFB for Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe.

Accompanying the cargo, state department staffers, and a team of doctors and medical personnel recruited by Heart to Heart who will work with their counterparts in Moldova to distribute medicine and aid, and conduct training.

Read more from the State Department on the Moldova Airlift

The trip to Moldova is still underway… We’ll have photos and more once our Heart to Heart team returns stateside.

DW HHI