Kits distributed in 2017
Kits distributed in 2018
Cyclone Idai slammed into Beira on March 14, and killed more than 750 people in three African nations. More than half a million people were affected by this storm, including hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes, which forced them into crowded and flooded camps. Heart to Heart International’s advance disaster response team deployed to Beira in Mozambique on Thursday, March 28. The team met with partners on the ground to assess needs and to deliver medications and medical aid to those impacted by Cyclone Idai.
Due to conditions created by the cyclone, sanitation and spread of disease became a major concern. Cholera cases increased following Cyclone Idai. In response and in coordination with Save the Children, Heart to Heart International sent 5,000 hygiene kits and 1,894 Empowered Girls kits. The kits were sent to Save the Children’s Mozambique country team in Maputo. The kits delivered were built by: FedEx, Johnson County Dermatology, Amgen, Ad Astra, JDC, Johnson & Johnson and Ecolab.
Heart to Heart International deployed and arrived in Marshalltown, Iowa after a tornado destroyed the town on July 19, 2018. The hospital took a direct hit and HHl sprung into action within an hour of initial reports of damaged buildings and injuries.
HHI’s Mobile Medical Unit helped fill the gap with medicines, supplies, lab capability and exam rooms. The PowrServ team helped by distributing kits to those cleaning up houses and neighborhoods.
2,843 hygiene kits were distributed throughout the affected areas, along with 18, 943 bottles of water and 27 disaster clean up kits. The hygiene kits that were distributed were built by Thrivent Financial, Ecolab, FedEx, and BD.
Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph, made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018. The powerful storm uprooted trees, downed power lines, destroyed buildings and threw vehicles through the air. 57 deaths were attributed to the storm, and it caused at least $15 billion in damage in the United States.
Throughout the course of the response, medical volunteers working with HHI logged 640 volunteer hours in service of those in need where they saw 1,089 patients, administered 667 tetanus vaccines, and delivered 11,790 hygiene kits.
Heart to Heart International responded to Hurricane Florence on September 14, 2018 after the storm caused massive flooding in North Carolina. The Mobile Medical Unit made it to Raleigh/Durham on September 16. HHI was able to partner with multiple organizations, distributing 12,520 hygiene kits to disaster victims. Over the course of two and a half weeks, HHI’s medical teams saw 690 patients and administered 423 tetanus shots.
Hurricane Harvey became the nation’s first Category Four landfall in almost twelve years, hammering the Texas Gulf Coast with an extremely dangerous combination of torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding and destructive winds.
Heart to Heart International had a Disaster Response Team and Mobile Medical Unit deploy August 25 from Kansas City to arrive in Texas ahead of the storm. HHI worked with local partners to identify areas of the greatest need to provide medical support and to provide distribution of aid.
HHI’s Disaster Response Team's first stop was Belton Texas Expo Center to drop off hygiene and health kits. The Expo and Bell County Sheriff’s Department set up a response center to help those that evacuated from Hurricane Harvey and needed assistance. Coincidentally, the Sheriff’s Department was just about to purchase hygiene kits for those in the response center, but due to HHI’s arrival, the Sheriff Department was able to save the cost of hygiene items for their people.
On Monday August 25, over 1,159 cars, with multiple families, showed up for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Victoria, Texas. HHI administered Tetanus shots and treated minor injuries. All of this was done when 85% of the town had no power or access to clean water.
Heart to Heart International positioned the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) at the epicenter of the storm’s path in Big Pine Key, Florida. The entire area was devastated, and those who remained and those returning were seeking help. HHI was the first medical responder to arrive in that area, and we delivered healthcare to residents and responders alike for over a week.
The Heart to Heart International team continued seeing patients for the next two weeks. Team members went into the communities to find people who needed help but couldn't reach the MMU. HHI also coordinated vaccination clinics, including one in which HHI team members vaccinated members of the Monroe County Sheriff's department. HHI also supported the community by providing hygiene kits.
Hurricane Maria hit many parts of the Caribbean and it devastated much of Puerto Rico. Heart to Heart International decided to respond in Puerto Rico with volunteer medical teams, medical supplies, medicines, food, water and hygiene items. The scale and reach of the response was unprecedented, with issues arising daily to challenge the logistics of such a quick and large response. With ingenuity and problem solving, HHI was able to deliver aid to thousands of people in the hardest hit mountainous regions of Puerto Rico where no other help had arrived.
"In cooperation with Puerto Rico officials, we've moved through the central mountains bringing doctors, nurses, medical supplies and a portable lab. We've also distributed medicines, hygiene kits and in some cases food and water from FEMA." Jim Mitchum, CEO of Heart to Heart International, said in the midst of the response. "Heart to Heart International's work in the central mountains of Puerto Rico is unparalleled."
Syrian Refugee Crisis
Since March 2011, the people of Syria have faced an unimaginable humanitarian crisis. Thousands have been forced to flee their home and relocate to other countries, and often times in refugee camps. Families and individuals have had to leave behind their personal belongings and start their life in a refugee camp while waiting for the conflict to end.
HHI has supplied medicines, medical supplies, tents and hygiene kits to refugees in Turkey, Greece, and Serbia in conjunction with other organizations, including Orient for Human Relief and Save the Children.
To help provide these needed supplies, PowrServ hosted Faith and Heart, a fun event held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City in June 2016. This event was sponsored by The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, Henry Schein, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, BD and FedEx. During this event, 900 volunteers built 7,500 hygiene kits for Syrian refugees.
On June 4, 2017, 900 Personal Hygiene Kits were assembled through a partnership with PowrServ, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC Entwine and the Jewish Community Federation. This event brought together key San Francisco based Jewish organizations to share in a day of services to support refugees in need of hygiene supplies.
The devastation and injuries were significant, and Heart to Heart International responded on the south coast of Haiti where the storm hit the hardest. Because of Heart to Heart International’s previous work in Haiti, there was an already established medical team of Haitian employees. The HHI Haitian medical team provided medical assistance to those affected by the hurricane, as well as a team that deployed from Kansas City.
Heart to Heart International's team treated over 14,000 people, as well as distributed hygiene kits.