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Evaluating Medical Needs After Tornado Hits Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Direct Relief quickly responded to a category F-4 tornado that struck Hattiesburg, Miss. on Feb. 10 by reaching out to its local partner network and connecting with a longtime partner, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SeMRHI), located in the city. Pati Landrum, Director of Corporate Compliance for SeMRHI, reported on the conditions of both the city and their health center sites.  According […]

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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Futures for California Kids in Need

From left, Maria de la Cruz, holds her one-year-old daughter, while Alfredo and his seven-year-old sister stand by at the Healthy Smiles dental clinic.

At 13 years old, Alfredo de la Cruz, had never been to the dentist until Saturday. Alfredo and dozens of other children from Santa Maria, Calif. received free dental care this weekend as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with a number of other Santa Barbara County organizations supporting the effort. “I’ve seen a […]

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Local Students Pack Emergency Supplies for First Responders

Students from Cate School helped pack 500 MRC "grab and go" backpacks at our warehouse on Tuesday.

More than 30 students from Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. organized hundreds of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) packs yesterday at our warehouse as part of their annual Public Service Day. Students filled 500 rugged, specially designed backpacks with emergency medical supplies and equipment to meet a variety of prevalent disaster-related health needs such as infection control, trauma care, diagnostics and personal […]

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Flu Vaccine Assistance to 38 States and Expanding

CVS Flu Clinic @ Healing Hands Ministries in Dallas, TX on Nov. 3, 2011

In what is being reported by public health officials as the worst flu season in the past decade, Direct Relief USA has distributed nearly 200,000 doses of flu vaccine to 265 nonprofit health centers and clinics in 38 states and is working to expand support as the flu season rages on. Direct Relief USA is the nation’s largest nonprofit charitable […]

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Local Volunteers Help Neighbors in Need This Holiday Season

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This morning about 100 volunteers came to Direct Relief International’s warehouse to assemble 3,000 Personal Care Packs for local people in need. Direct Relief’s Personal Care Packs contain basic hygiene items like lotion, soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental hygiene items, basic first aid supplies and other assorted toiletries. Volunteers of all ages helped pack […]

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Emergency Team Participates in Statewide Preparedness Exercise

2012 Statewide Medical & Health Exercise - Field Treatment Site Setup

While actively responding to disasters elsewhere, Direct Relief prepared for disasters closer to home this week by participating in the 2012 Statewide Medical and Health Training and Exercise program with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and local hospitals and clinics.  Simulating a large earthquake in the Santa Barbara area, Direct Relief responded to resource requests for medical supplies and shelter supplies. As part of the […]

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