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Responding to U.S. Storms, Winter in Ukraine

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 12/30/2022 - 01/06/2023


Operational Update

Personal care items for Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless are packed and shipped from Direct Relief's warehouse on Jan. 5, 2023. Requests from across California were filled after serious storms caused flooding and power outages. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 307 shipments of requested medical aid to 41 U.S. states and territories and nine countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 793,751 defined daily doses of medication, including insulin, surgical supplies, personal care products and more.

U.S. Storms

This past week, a series of severe storm systems moved over the United States, including Direct Relief’s home state of California. Northern California communities were particularly impacted, with power outages, infrastructure damage, and even several levee breaches.

Direct Relief immediately offered its medical inventory to health facilities across California and other states experiencing weather-related impacts. On Wednesday, Direct Relief staff were on hand in Montecito, California, to assist with sandbag distribution for residents concerned with flooding.

Direct Relief staff assisted with sandbags at an aid station for residents in Montecito, California, on Jan. 4, 2023. The community was impacted by a deadly mudslide nearly five years ago and was preparing for the current winter storm this week. (Brea Burkholz/Direct Relief)

Multiple shipments departed Direct Relief’s warehouse on Thursday, including the shipment of 400 personal care kits for Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless in Northern California. The kits contain items like soap, shampoo, and dental hygiene supplies.

Read more about the latest shipments departing in response to this week’s storms here.

Material Support for Ukraine

Since Feb. 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 2.3 million pounds, or 1,150 tons, with more on the way.

Recently critical supplies have been delivered to Ukraine by Direct Relief, including cancer medications, emergency medical backpacks, cardiovascular drugs, and more.

Critical medical supplies were received by Hromada Hub and distributed to local healthcare providers in Ukraine this week. (Courtesy photo)



This week, Direct Relief shipped 529,944 defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Uganda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Vanuatu
  • India
  • Romania
  • Haiti


Direct Relief delivered 291 shipments containing 263,806 doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • HealthNet of Rock County, Inc., Wisconsin
  • Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Pharmacy, Mississippi
  • Guadalupe Clinic, Kansas
  • Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Oklahoma
  • Harm Reduction Ohio, Ohio
  • Arkansas Harm Reduction Project, Arkansas
  • Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Georgia
  • Trac-B Exchange, Nevada
  • Belmont Health Center, California


Since Jan. 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 137 shipments to 118 healthcare providers in 24 U.S. states and territories and one country.

These shipments contained 211,010 defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.8 million (wholesale), totaling 2,520 lbs.

in the news

  • Direct Relief helps Montecito residents fill sandbags – Yahoo! News: “Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team stopped by Manning Park in Montecito to help residents fill sandbags. Crews also assisted community members by loading the sandbags into their vehicles.”
  • World Health Organization Ukraine Situation Report: “Last week World Health Organization delivered insulin and pharmaceutical refrigeration equipment to medical facilities in Kherson. The medical supplies were funded by the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Direct Relief, and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.”
  • Direct Relief Grants $7.9M in Medical Aid to Ukraine – Santa Barbara Independent: “Direct Relief, a humanitarian charity operating out of Santa Barbara, has been particularly busy this month, announcing that its recent initiatives include granting $7.9 million in cash aid to help Ukrainians who’ve suffered injuries or trauma in the war access medical care and rehabilitation services.”

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