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.

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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


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Top Meaningful Companies are HHI Supporters

A recently compiled list from Business Insider of the most meaningful companies to work for in 2015 shows the world what we at Heart to Heart International have known about these companies for a while – their work has meaning for our work.

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From the Business Insider:

“Illinois-based bio-pharmaceutical company AbbVie topped the list of most meaningful companies to work for, with 92% of its employees saying they find their work to be meaningful.
The list is based on exclusive data from employer-information website PayScale, which surveyed employees in the US who work at companies that appeared on the 2014 Fortune 500 list.”

According to the article, there were six criteria for making the list: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay/total cash compensation, and salary delta.

Out of the top 30 most meaningful companies – eight are direct supporters of HHI.  Though a combination of cash, in-kind donations of medicine and medical supplies, and even volunteer work, these companies are making a positive impact on our effort to make a difference in this world.

We are very grateful for their support, and are very happy to see them recognized in this way!

These companies made the list and support HHI:

Eli Lilly
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Johnson & Johnson
Owens & Minor
Abbott Laboratories

And here’s the full list of the top 30 meaningful companies as compiled by Business Insider.



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.

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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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