Today Direct Relief sent a shipment of wound-care supplies, personal hygiene items, masks, gloves, baby products, supplies to treat diabetes, and other medications for patients at Rutland Free Clinic in Rutland, VT. The clinic is coordinating relief efforts with their neighboring communities, the Killington Command Center, the Chittenden Fire Department, and Rutland Flood, a relief group set up in Rutland to collect items needed in outlying towns. Rutland Free Clinic’s facility was damaged due to flooding but it continues to operate and serve those affected while reaching out to support people stranded in neighboring areas.
A shipment of 500 doses of tetanus vaccine for Metropolitan Community Health Services, Inc. in Washington, NC is underway. Merck has generously made tetanus vaccine available to clinics and community health centers affected by Hurricane Irene. Direct Relief will continue to work closely with Merck and other donors to fill requests as they come in.