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Harvey Relief Update

Supporting our local community

As part of its ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief assistance, Medical Bridges in collaboration with Brother's Brother Foundation (Pittsburgh) recently donated $455,000 of medical supplies to The Salvation Army, The Houston Food Bank, and the Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

In addition, 400 hardhats, 1,200 respiratory masks, and 432 safety glasses also were donated to the Houston Community ToolBank.

The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits (and disaster response groups) by putting high-quality tools in the hands of thousands of volunteers who are leading recovery efforts − guaranteeing that every volunteer is equipped with the tools they need to get the job done.

Medical Bridges has donated $60,000 in medical supplies to the Ibn Sina Foundation, which was established in 2001 to serve low-income and indigent families who have no access to health care.

The Foundation started with one part-time staff member and has since grown to  more than 50 staff members, serving more than 195,000 patients at 10 locations in the greater Houston area. It anticipates serving more than 60,000 patients this year.

As part of its Harvey-related assistance, the Foundation held a free Children's Clinic this past weekend.

 

 

Our initial response

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey struck, Medical Bridges made several donations of medical supplies and equipment -- approximately $80,000 worth in all -- to the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter.

 

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Medical Bridges is teaming up with Brothers Brother Foundation (BBF) in its ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. BBF, a nonprofit headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, offered assistance to Medical Bridges once it was announced that Houston would be significantly affected by Harvey. Collaborating with another nonprofit, Gleaning for the World, BBF has sent a truckload of very specific supplies requested by Medical Bridges that will supplement our inventory and allow us to continue providing much-needed items to various locations around Houston. “We are grateful to the Brothers Brother and Gleaning for the World leadership for their immediate and definitive response. While Medical Bridges received an outpouring of encouragement and willingness to send goods from around the country, the BBF support is meeting specific needs and not adding to an already abundant supply of products at shelters, churches, and other facilities,” said Dorothy Bolettieri, president and CEO of Medical Bridges.

Medical Bridges will continue to support the local efforts during the coming months while resuming its normal activities. If you’d like to provide financial support, please click HERE; if you have product to donate, please click HERE.

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On August 28th as the George R. Brown Convention Center was initially setting up their medical clinic, our director of operations Jeremiah Judkins was able to make 3 trips delivering supplies until road conditions made it too difficult to continue.  By August 31st, the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) was setup and running at the shelter, and contacted Medical Bridges to request much-needed diabetes supplies. Jeremiah was able to deliver the requested products to the GRB and learn more about the National Disaster Medical System.

In addition to diabetic monitoring kits and insulin syringes, the medical products delivered ranged from bandages, gauze, to nebulizers and wheelchairs. “They were so thankful,” Jeremiah said. “I have never seen a recepient as excited and as grateful as they were. We were able to fill a huge need for them.” DMAT is a “group of professional and para-professional medical personnel designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event,” and is part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), a federally coordinated healthcare system and partnership of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, according to HHS.gov. Medical Bridges will continue to support local relief efforts during the coming months while resuming normal activities. We are thankful, as well, to have the opportunity to give back to Houston during a time of extreme need.

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August 28, 2017

 

Thanks to the first responders and all working to keep Houstonians safe. Medical Bridges delivered much needed supplies to the George R. Brown Convention Center today and will continue to do what we can to help those affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

 
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