Organizations prepare to aid typhoon disaster victims

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Although it will take months, organizations have already started preparing to lend a helping hand with the Typhoon relief effort in the Philippines. One of those organizations is Heart to Heart.

“They still don`t know how many people have been injured, how many people are dead, what the extent of the damage is,” said Dan Neal, the Director of Global Logistics at Heart to Heart International.

For more than two decades, Heart to Heart's mission has been to connect people and resources to those in need.

“International humanitarian response is not something where you can just throw some things in a suitcase and show up at,” said Neal.

The organization provides medicine and medical supplies all over the world and sends out volunteers as needed. Five shipments have already been sent to the Philippines and more will be sent in the upcoming weeks.

“One of the things we've learned is to not send aid to an area until we know really what`s specifically needed. Our gut reaction is to just send as much as you can, as fast as you can, but we have learned that that can actually cause problems in distribution on the other side of the ocean,” Neal added.

One of the ways Heart to Heart helps is by sending a hygiene kit with everything from shampoo to toothpaste. It might not seem like a lot, but to the victims it shows that someone cares.

“It does really make a difference when you can hand a family or an individual a Heart to Heart care kit and say, you know, your house is gone, but here`s something, we`re here with you, we`re going to keep helping you,” Neal said. “It is overwhelming. It is going to take a long time for the Philippines to pick up the pieces.”

Heart to Heart has had a relationship with partners oversees for more than 20 years. For more information on how to help victims overseas please visit Heart to Heart’s website, HeartToHeart.org.

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