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Shipments for Tennessee Tornadoes, Protective Gear for Maui, and More

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 12/08/2023 - 12/15/2023


Operational Update

Last week, volunteers packed 5,000 kits of personal protective equipment, including gloves and boot covers, at Direct Relief's headquarters in Santa Barbara. These kits will be shipped to Maui and provided for free to people re-entering Lahaina after fires swept through the area in August. (Brianna Newport/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 478 shipments of requested medical aid to 46 U.S. states and territories and eight countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 7.2 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including insulin, vaccines, emergency hygiene kits, and personal care products.

Tennessee Tornadoes

Over the past weekend, tornadoes impacted multiple counties in Tennessee, killing at least six people and injuring at least two dozen more.

In response to the storms and tornadoes in Tennessee, Direct Relief sent offers of assistance to health centers and clinics in impacted areas.

In response, an initial shipment of 50 personal care kits arrived at Faith Family Medical Clinic. The kits contain items such as toothbrushes, soap, and other essentials for people displaced from their homes due to the storms.

Requested shipments of chronic disease medications, as well as vitamins and nutritional products, departed earlier this week for Neighborhood Health, a community health center with multiple locations in Davidson and Wilson Counties.

Supporting Maui Residents After the Fires

Last week, volunteers packed 5,000 kits of personal protective equipment, including gloves and boot covers, at Direct Relief’s headquarters in Santa Barbara. These kits will be shipped to Maui and provided for free to people re-entering Lahaina after the devastating fires in August.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 4.2 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Senegal
  • India
  • Jordan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Mexico
  • Togo
  • Bolivia
  • Syria


Direct Relief delivered 452 shipments containing almost 13 tons of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Welvista, South Carolina
  • NC MedAssist, North Carolina
  • St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, Dallas, Texas
  • Tree Of Life Healthcare, Georgia
  • CommunityHealth, Illinois
  • St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Findley Foundation Inc, Wisconsin
  • UNC Health Care, North Carolina
  • St. Vincent’s Hope Clinic, Texas
  • The Agape Clinic, Texas


Since January 1, 2023, Direct Relief has delivered 21,000 shipments to 2,503 healthcare providers in 55 U.S. states and territories and 88 countries.

These shipments contained 541.3 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.9 billion (wholesale), totaling 6.1 million lbs.


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