“Rock for Relief” to Benefit Disaster Fund; Moore, Oklahoma

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Come Monday, June 3rd, the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri is going to Rock for Relief!

Seven bands are coming together to put on a benefit concert to raise money for Heart to Heart International’s Disaster Relief Fund, in order to fund our on-going relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma and to prepare to respond to future disasters.

The benefit is the brainchild of a group called MidCoast Cares.  “MidCoast Cares was created by an army of do-gooders to help with relief for Joplin tornado victims in 2011,” said Sondra Freeman, director of promotions for Midwest Music Foundation and owner at Sistrum Enterprises. “The benefit for Moore happens exactly two years and two days after the Joplin benefit took place at Crosstown Station, at which we raised more than $10,000 for Heart to Heart International. We hope to raise that, and much more, at this year’s event.”

We’re very excited about this concert!  Here’s more info, and the bands that will play Monday night…

The Beautiful Bodies
Six Percent
Antennas Up
Not a Planet
She’s a Keeper
Cover Me Badd

Doors open at 6pm

Tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation.
A $20 donation at the door gets attendees a VIP pass that includes two drink tickets and access to a VIP lounge area. The first 75 VIP entrants receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt.

Silent auction and raffles items include season passes to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, tickets to upcoming concerts such as The Postal Service and Kenny Chesney, passes to the Kansas City Zoo, T-Bones tickets, local gifts cards and much more.
For more details on the concert, silent auction and raffle items, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/209160945899771/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Moore, OK Boy Seeks Aid from Heart to Heart

Moore KMBC The ABC affiliate from Kansas City, KMBC-TV, is in Moore, Oklahoma, just one of the many news operations in the city covering the tornado disaster, the aftermath and the clean-up.  One of their news crews captured a wonderful story of survival, about a boy who was trapped in his school by the EF-5 tornado.

His father brought him to get medical treatment on the Heart to Heart Mobile Medical Unit, which is set up in middle of the relief operations.  As Heart to Heart volunteers treated the boy, KMBC documented his story onboard the MMU.  Here’s the video, the story starts about 1:00 in:



SPIN! Pizza Rides for Heart to Heart

The bike riding season is well underway in the Kansas City Metro!  Great weather, warm temps… perfect for getting up on two wheels and exploring!

The awesome restaurant group SPIN! Pizza is hosting numerous guided bicycle rides in multiple locations around Kansas City this summer, for riders of all skill levels.  And they’re all benefiting Heart to Heart! (ride details below).

For each rider, at each ride, SPIN! will donate $1 to Heart to Heart up to $3,500.  Hundreds of dollars have already been raised!

Roll on over to the SPIN! Pizza Biking Facebook page

The rides have already begun, but there are plenty more in the coming months to get involved.  So come on out, get a great ride in, raise money for Heart to Heart, and as they say at SPIN!:  We ride, then we eat PIZZA!

Check out the Details: Four weekly rides continue through August 31 at four of SPIN!’s Greater Kansas City locations.

Mondays at 6:15PM
-12 & 20 mile rides
-At Overland Park SPIN
-6541 W. 119th St.

Wednesdays at 6:15pm
-10 mile ride
-At Midtown KCMO SPIN!
-4950 Main St. (second tier parking lot behind SPIN!)

Thursdays at 6:15pm
-14 or 19 un-guided road rides or
-guided mountain bike ride (only for experienced riders)
-At Lenexa SPIN!
-9474 Renner Rd.

Saturday mornings at 9:15am
-16 or 20 mile ride around Longview Lake
-At Lee’s Summit SPIN!
-1808 NW Chipman Rd.

Lenexa Rotary Honors Heart to Heart

Lenexa Rotary AwardRotary International (RI) has been a longtime friend of Heart to Heart.  The two organizations share, if not the same, very similar goals centered around service.  In fact, 20 years ago, it was a handful of Rotarians in the Kansas City area that set everything in motion, creating what is now known as Heart to Heart International.

Recently, a chapter of RI, the Lenexa Rotary Club from Lenexa, Kansas named Heart to Heart as the “2012 Business of the Year.”
HHI Interim CEO Krystal Barr was on hand at the club’s annual shrimpfest/bingo night to accept the award in front of hundreds of attendees.  The shrimp was very tasty, the bingo a lot of fun… but it was the award that really stood out.  To be recognized by such a group for all that we do to broaden access to healthcare in the US and around the world is quite an honor.

Many thanks to Rotary for being there at the beginning, throughout Heart to Heart’s history and for the continuing goodwill and friendship.


The Experience in Photos

A month and a half ago Heart to Heart celebrated its 20th Anniversary in awesome fashion with “The Experience”.
Two days later we mobilized to respond to Hurricane Sandy, and as always the case around here, we’ve been very busy with that and everything else that goes on at HHI.
The point? The photos from that wonderful night in late October haven’t been released.  Until now…

We’ve uploaded the best photos – 118 pics! – from The Experience onto HHI’s Flickr page.  Meaning you can view the photos in a slideshow (best viewed with high-speed connection), or scan through them individually.  You can also download the photos that you like in varying sizes.

For those who attended the night, this will take you back and refresh your memories.  For those who couldn’t make it, these photos will give you a glimpse of the evening… a night of Experience, Engagement & Entertainment. And great food!


A Care Kit Christmas Story

Many companies and organizations hold Christmas and holiday parties this time of year. It’s a fun time to enjoy the season with co-workers. Here’s one example of a company doing that and quite a bit more. They turned their annual party into a Care Kit assembly party! You can too!   Find instructions for building Care Kits here. Many thanks to Docs Who Care and to Karen Garrett for the story.

Karen: The office personnel of Docs Who Care met for their annual Christmas party recently.  Wonderful food, games and laughter were in great supply as always!  DocsWhoCareParty7What was different this year was the opportunity to give back in a very tangible way.  We wanted to share our hearts with those in need by donating and assembling Care Kits for Heart to Heart International.  Throughout November, staff shopped, collected and donated enough items to complete 100 care kits.  It was quite a display to see toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, bars of soap, band aids, shampoo, towels and wash cloths spread out on a large table.  An assembly line was formed and the real teamwork began!

DocsWhoCareParty6 We definitely laughed, joked and had a lot of fun putting everything together, but we were also very touched to play even the smallest part of helping someone in need during a time in crisis. A total of 100 care kits were completed to bring hope to someone in need.
And imagine our delight as we saw those care kits heading to the Heart to Heart Global Distribution Center the very same day!
No doubt, we were all left with a much greater appreciation for the significant role Heart to Heart plays in responding to crisis situations here in the U.S. and worldwide.

The Emcee with Experience…

We’re just days away from The Heart to Heart Experience!! We are very excited about this very different event… and just a little bit busy behind the scenes getting ready.

Certain to make the evening great, is our emcee.  The one and only Kris Ketz.

Kris Ketz is a veteran new anchor for Kansas City’s KMBC-9 News, seen weekday mornings on KMBC’s First News.  An Emmy award-winning broadcaster, he’s just recently been inducted into the Silver Circle of the Mid-America chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in honor of his 35 years of service to the industry.

Ketz: “I think Heart to Heart is a big part of what makes Kansas City great, it’s neighbor helping neighbor whether around the corner or half way around the world.”

It’s really shaping up to be a great night.  We hope you can join us.


Family Volunteer Day

We’re rather fortunate at Heart to Heart that so many volunteers come out to help us at our Global Distribution Center.  Many times it’s school groups, Scouts, civic groups, religious institutions and of course individuals.  How about the families?

Today we kicked off something new for Summer — Family Volunteer Day! This will be a monthly event, held in the morning of the third Thursday of the month at our distribution center, during the Summer while the kids are out of school.

For this first Family Volunteer Day, two families came out to lend a hand. First they took a tour of the GDC to learn about our operations and to get an idea of just how much medicine and medical aid Heart to Heart handles and distributes through our global network.




From there, they got to work in our Care Kit assembly area.  Today, we needed individual items sorted; bandages counted out to 10 and sealed in a baggie and toothpaste taken out of the box.  Those toothpaste boxes then go into the recycling bin.




While they worked, we learned some of what brought these folk out to volunteer.  Alisha came with her son Ashton, a 6th grader.  She is a Family Medicine Resident and was looking for a way to put in some service hours. She said the Family Volunteer Day “is a nice introduction to what you do.”

Across the table sat Amy, along with her two sons George, 9, and Johnny, 7.  She also brought along a neighbor’s daughter, 12 year old Elisabeth.  Amy says they had planned to come volunteer with a school group earlier in the year but the scheduling didn’t work out.  So here they were!


George explained that he’s working on earning more community service hours, that are tabulated at his Blue Valley District school.  He’s up to 10 hours already and hopes to earn more than a bronze medal this school year. His thoughts on volunteering at the GDC: “It’s cool. I like all the flags.”





Play Bingo, Support Lab Techs in Haiti

Time to get your Bingo On!

Wednesday June 20th, 2012, the Kansas City Clinical Laboratory Management Association (KC CLMA) is heading out to to the festive and colorful Hamburger Mary’s in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District to play a little bingo, eat some great food and have a blast raising funds to support their scholarship programs.

The KC CLMA scholarships support volunteers who provide lab services in our Partner Clinics in Haiti.

Great cause, great company, great food… great fun!

Here’s a link to the Event on our Facebook Page… Navigate there for more info, times and directions.


Ah! The Days of Wine & Rotary…

There’s an event quickly approaching that will greatly benefit Heart to Heart International… and it comes with wine and gourmet food tasting!  Hard to beat that!

The Olathe, KS Rotary Club is hosting the third annual The Days of Wine & Rotary at 6pm this Saturday evening, May 5th at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, KS. Tickets can be purchased by following the link.

Heart to Heart was born out of the enormous efforts of Rotarians 20 years ago this month as they mounted the “Heart to Heart Airlift” to Moscow following the fall of the Soviet Union.  And we’re honored to have their continued support.

So come out, support the Olathe Rotary Club & Heart to Heart International… and enjoy a fine evening of Wine & Rotary (and food!).