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Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria
Hurricane Harvey became the nation’s first Category 4 landfall in almost 12 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 Friday, August 25th, from Kansas City to arrive in Texas ahead of the storm. HHI worked with local partners to identify areas of greatest need and provide medical support and aid distribution.
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. HHI was just in time because the county was looking to go buy hygiene kits for those affected.
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.
The Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) was established and treating patients on Big Pine Key, at the epicenter of Hurricane Irma’s eye when it slammed into 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 Sherriff's department. With crews restoring more power and healthcare facilities returning to service, HHI wrapped up its response on September 24, glad to have provided needed medical services and hygiene supplies to residents of the Keys immediately after the storm.
Heart to Heart International responded 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. Heart to Heart International did what it does best: bring help and hope to people who need it the most.
"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
On Sunday, June 4, over 100 volunteers joined the Federation, JDC / JDC Entwine, and Heart to Heart International to assemble hygiene kits that will build hope for refugees and disaster victims around the world. Together, we packed 900 kits that will make an immediate difference in the lives of people in need!
Nearly 900 people participated in our historic Faith and Heart Event in New York City.
7,500 Hygiene Kits were assembled for Syrian refugees!
Our Haitian medical teams were there providing help to those injured. Since Hurricane Mathew, HHI clinicians have treated over 14,000 people, and that impact is significant in many remote communities.
"Thank you so much for the care package. I'm one of the thousands here in south Louisiana that flooded. I've been on this place for over 60 years and this was my first flood. Your kind care kit has really brightened up my day. I had no idea how excited I would become over a bag of goodies. Thank you again and I'll be praying for y'all. God has already answered my prayers by sending you."
-Patsy M., Louisiana Flood Victim