Medical Supplies Depart for Cuba

Six tons of medicine, medical supplies, diapers, blankets, even coloring books and crayons have begun the journey from Kansas City to Havana, Cuba.

These supplies are going to the William Soler Pediatric Hospital – a children’s hospital in Havana.

Watch as the supplies are loaded at HHI’s Operations Hub.

From HHI’s Hub, this first container will go to a port in Florida for transport to Cuba. Then, once all the supplies have cleared customs, all of the humanitarian cargo will be delivered to the hospital to help medical staff treat sick children.

Read more about HHI’s project in Cuba 

 

This first shipment is valued at nearly $350,000.  And it’s thanks to several of our corporate sponsors and partners that helped make this happen.  Medical supplies and medicine from BD, Midmark, AbbVie, Medtronic, Welch Allyn, Henry Schein and Johnson & Johnson make up the bulk of this shipment.

Also, the blankets, coloring books and crayons are part of the J&J One Child, One Blanket project.  Under a partnership with J&J, these kits are assembled by HHI volunteers at the Hub and are shipped around the world and the US to children in shelters and in hospitals.

 

 

 

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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Texas Floods Spur Emergency Response

Severe weather and torrential rains have caused major flooding across Texas – killing more than a dozen people, stranding thousands of drivers and forcing many to flee their flooded homes in cities across the state.

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Photo by Alberto Martinez / Austin American-Statesman

 

Heart to Heart International is responding to help.  A shipment of hundreds of emergency hygiene kits has been readied by our operations staff and will soon depart our Operations Hub bound for Austin, Texas.

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The hygiene kits are assembled by our volunteers and are part of a wider sponsorship by corporate partner Johnson & Johnson to help us deliver aid, comfort and hygiene.  This shipment of hygiene kits will be sent to our friends at Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin for distribution to those affected by the flooding in the state’s capital city.

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Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman

 

Keep us ready.
Donate to Disaster Readiness and Response.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget About the ‘Border Children’

The summer of 2014 saw a surge of unaccompanied children at the US’s southern border.  Most of these children had traveled from Central American countries like Honduras and Guatemala.  Many were fleeing violence, poverty, hunger. Don’t forget about them.  We haven’t.

Photo by Jude Joffe-Block/Fronteras Desk

 

Many of the children who came across the border remain in facilities across the US as they await disposition of their individual cases.  On their own, or sent by families, they arrived seeking connections with families already in the states, all seeking something better.  The increased number of children taxed the border control systems, forcing many into makeshift holding facilities and then into shelters across the country. In August we shipped hundreds of blankets and hygiene kits to children being temporarily housed in shelters in six states.

Recently we sent another large shipment, via our global partner FedEx, to a number of shelters that will begin housing children in February 2015 as they await their immigration hearings.  The kids that will be housed in these shelters range in age from 7-17 and most are in their early teens.

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Working with the Urban Strategies/National Latino Evangelical Coalition we delivered medical supplies to nine shelters in five states.  We learned that the greatest needs are for wound care, chicken pox treatment and pain relief.  Thanks to the partnerships we’ve developed with medical supply and pharmaceutical donors we’ve been able to meet the needs of the shelters and the care of the children.
Examples of the supplies we shipped:  sunscreen, tape, gauze, OTC meds from Johnson & Johnson; Alcohol swabs from BD; thermometers and covers from Welch Allyn; and ointment from Calmoseptine.

supplies laid outHeart to Heart International will continue to help as many of these shelters as we can.  You can help us do this.

Support our efforts to deliver care to these children.  Help us help them.

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Arkansas Tornado: Three Sisters & Sunscreen

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Photos by: Jen Mellard/HHI

 

Their mother had lived in the house for 30 years.  But those many years of building memories and strengthening family ties were not enough to hold the house firm to its foundation when the storm came.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 a massive tornado, an EF-4, plowed through Faulkner County, Arkansas and wiped the home away.  Fortunately, it didn’t erase the family.

We met these three sisters in the photo above – Ruby, in red, Wyvone in the middle and Helen – while driving from the town of Mayflower to Vilonia.  They had come, along with other family members, to pick through the rubble, trying to collect the bits and pieces that were once their mother’s home.

sunscreen unload1A team from Heart to Heart International (HHI) is on the ground in Arkansas, delivering aid and supplies to folks who survived the storm.  We brought in items like Johnson and Johnson Hygiene Kits and children’s blanket kits assembled by HHI volunteers; a lot of bottled water; batteries and flashlights; and Neutrogena sunscreen.  Quite a lot of sunscreen, actually.  Boxes upon boxes. And as these things happen, sunscreen is exactly what these three sisters were really needing.

Just before we met, the sisters had just been telling their elderly mother, who was picking through the debris, you need to get some sunscreen!  But from where?  Where do you go when everything near you is destroyed?

Not long after, our team came rumbling by in a truck full of supplies, water and sunscreen.  We made some friends this day.  Not only were we able to provide the desired sunscreen, but we also passed out hygiene kits and blanket kits with coloring book and crayons for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

It was a good day with the three sisters. A good day helping the good folks of Arkansas.

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