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Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma

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A powerful series of tornadoes brought on by severe storms bore through Oklahoma Wednesday night, causing one death and dozens of injuries. CNN reported significant damage across a 2-mile square area in Moore, Oklahoma, where high winds tore roofs from homes and downed trees. As many as 36,000 households were without power as of early Thursday morning. Patients with minor injuries sought care at the Moore Medical […]

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A Bold Experiment: 50 Years of Community Health in the U.S.

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All bold experiments are fueled initially with the energy of hope and potential, but rare is the one that not only works, but works better than envisioned and over generations. Piloted fifty years ago with President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Health Centers are among those few experiments to succeed in both. On the 50th Anniversary of Health Centers, it […]

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400 Medical Outreach Packs Bound for Responders Across the U.S.

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Four hundred medical outreach backpacks will soon be on the way to more than 160 clinics and health centers across the country treating the nation’s most vulnerable people. The packs will assist health workers and responders in their emergency preparedness and response capabilities and will also be used for street outreach and health fairs. Modeled after Direct Relief’s Medical Reserve […]

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1,000 Dignity Kits Readied for Women Awaiting Obstetric Fistula Repair

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One thousand Dignity Kits are ready to send to women around the world suffering from obstetric fistula thanks to the help of about three dozen Direct Relief Women volunteers who packed the kits Friday at Direct Relief headquarters in honor of International Women’s Day – March 8. Volunteer Molly Green came with her daughter and said it was very special […]

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Inspiring: Volunteer Edythe Turns 107!

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Direct Relief’s longest-serving volunteer, Edythe Kirchmaier, is celebrating her 107th birthday today – and still continuing her amazing legacy of service to others that began when she was a little girl knitting “cootie belts” for soldiers… during WWI. Every Tuesday, including this week, Edythe comes to Direct Relief to hand-write thank you notes to supporters, brightening the day of everyone […]

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Chief for a Day: Celebrating Edythe’s 107th Birthday

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A volunteer with Direct Relief for 40 years, Edythe Kirchmaier celebrated her upcoming 107th birthday at headquarters today surrounded by her family, friends, fellow volunteers, and members of the community. Edythe turns 107 on January 22, but wanted to celebrate on a Tuesday – the day she regularly comes to the office to help write thank you letters to supporters […]

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