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1,000 Volunteers Turn Out on Thanksgiving to Help Families in the Philippines

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Two thousand families affected by Typhoon Haiyan will receive care packs filled with basic necessities thanks to the generosity of nearly 1,000 volunteers from the Santa Barbara community who packed the kits at Direct Relief’s warehouse Thanksgiving morning. The packs, which contain hygiene supplies like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and sunscreen, will be sent to health care partners working on […]

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AbbVie Employees Help Ready Families for Emergency

Employees helping pack family emergency kits at AbbVie's workplace giving campaign kick-off.

One thousand emergency kits are ready for families in need thanks to the service of thousands of employees from biopharmaceutical company AbbVie who packed the kits as part of their workplace giving campaign kick-off held Tuesday at their North Chicago, Ill. headquarters. A number of the assembled packs will likely be shipped to Colorado in the coming days to help […]

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Local High Schoolers Support Safe Births

Rachel and Laurel helped led a campaign to help bring more babies into this world safely.

Dozens more babies will be safely delivered into this world thanks to the hard work and generosity of a team of local high school students. Now seniors at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., Rachel Fay and Laurel Mead came by Direct Relief’s headquarters yesterday to deliver $725 they raised to help purchase a Direct Relief midwife kit. […]

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Local Knitting Group Gives Babies Loving Warmth

Goleta Knitting and Crocheting Group meets weekly to knit items for people in need.

Hundreds of newborn babies around the world are greeted with a loving welcome thanks, in part, to a small team of women who meet weekly to knit baby hats that are then sent to Direct Relief’s partners worldwide. Every Wednesday afternoon, the group of about a dozen women gather at the Goleta Valley Public Library with their knitting baskets in tow to lovingly craft items for […]

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Volunteers Organize Care Packs for Neighbors in Need

Nearly 11,000 people in need in Santa Barbara County will soon receive help meeting their basic needs thanks to the hard work of more than 50 volunteers who assembled 3,000 Personal Care Packs at Direct Relief’s warehouse last week. The Personal Care Packs contain hygiene items like lotion, soap, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other assorted toiletries to […]

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105-Year-Old Volunteer Edythe Kirchmaier Surprised With New Car from Anonymous Fan

Direct Relief’s longtime volunteer, 105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier, received a big surprise Thursday when she was gifted a brand new car from an anonymous fan. Kirchmaier has a perfect 86-year driving record with no accidents, parking, or moving violations. She renewed her driver’s license this January after passing her test with flying colors, making her California’s oldest driver. The Santa Barbara […]

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