LENEXA, Kan. -- Heart to Heart International in Lenexa is helping with hurricane response in Haiti and the southeastern United States.
Its advance team is already in Haiti assessing Matthew’s impact, and they are about to send more help.
13 people are already in Haiti to help along with hundreds of employees scattered across the island. Tens of thousands of hygiene kits and "doctor go" boxes, which is basically what an old-school house call doctor would use, are getting boxed up and prepared for shipment inside the hub in Lenexa.
The disaster response team, which includes specially trained physicians, nurses and EMT’s are currently traveling to Haiti to provide desperately needed medical care.
"We're bringing our medical teams to by a helicopter," CEO Jim Mitchum said. "In fact, we're having to take many of our medical teams to most of these locations by helicopter because the roads will use our washed out bridges are gone and sometimes were driving in riverbeds that are dry."
Mitchum says the team is looking for people who are injured, food insecurity issues, and people in need of medical supplies. Mitchum says employees are encountering massive devastation and the infrastructure of Haiti makes it very difficult and expensive to get employees and supplies to people in need.
"The community is now cut off from Port-au-Prince in the major road because the bridge that was just rebuilt following the earthquake a year ago is now gone again this time from the hurricane," Mitchum said.
Mitchum adds that Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and storms decimate what little folks there have.
"When a country like Haiti is hit with something drastic as a category for hurricane the impact is huge, and it's devastating in the resilience is almost negligible in the community they need greater help then many other countries in the same circumstance," Mitchum said.
Heart to Heart International is in desperate need of monetary donations to fund the hygiene kits and doctor-go-boxes.
Heart to Heart International is also helping the U.S., effort by sending its mobile medical unit to the southeast in order to provide necessary medical care for people displaced.
A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m., to detail the humanitarian effort Heart to Heart International is leading.