J&J Employees Pitch In, Assemble Hygiene Kits

The Johnson and Johnson Hygiene Kit is one of the key items we deploy for relief efforts and shelter support.  Usually, thousands of these kits are assembled each year by volunteers at Heart to Heart International’s Operations Hub.  This time, Johnson & Johnson employees pitched in to assemble some at their headquarters.

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By ‘some’, we mean 1,000.  Members of the Enterprise Regulatory Outreach team at Johnson & Johnson’s headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey wanted to contribute more to J&J’s efforts by assembling the kits.  For some time, J&J has funded these kits and provided all of the materials, for HHI to assemble and distribute wherever they are needed.

See more photos from the J&J Hygiene Kit Assembly

After assembly, the 100 Hygiene Kits were shipped to HHI’s Operations Hub.  From here, they’ll be shipped and delivered to people in need across the US and around the world.

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Heart to Heart Sends Aid to Philippines

Typhoon BophaEarly December 2012, Typhoon Bopha (locally Pablo) made landfall on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao as a Category 5 super typhoon.  It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the island in recorded history, with wind gusts of 160 mph (260 km/h).

courtesy: Philippine Daily Inquirer/ Mariane Bermudez

courtesy: Philippine Daily Inquirer/ Mariane Bermudez

The storm laid a path of destruction.  Mudslides, torrential rain, winds flattened villages, floods washed away homes and people, thousands were made homeless by the damage or destruction of 200,000+ homes.

At last tally, the death toll stands at 1,067 with a further 834 people reported missing. There are still 7,524 people staying in evacuation centers, while 835,934 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere. (OCHA, 15 Jan 2012)

Typhoon Bopha/Pablo was devastating, to say the least.  The Philippines government and the United Nations has put out the call for more aid — And Heart to Heart is responding!

We have already shipped seven pallets of Heart to Heart Care Kits via FedEx Express. They’re headed to our partners the International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Asia America Initiative.
Loading PalletsThe Care Kits travel first from Kansas City to Los Angeles, then to Manila and from there south to Davao City on the island of Mindanao for distribution to those in need.

And we have more on the way. Heart to Heart is readying another shipment of Care Kits bound for another partner in Manila.