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Harvey Relief Update

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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