Every year, natural disasters kill 90,000 people and affect nearly 160 million people worldwide. Depending on the severity and location of the disaster, communities can spend hundreds of billions of dollars recovering. Disaster relief initiatives support these affected communities in some of their worst times of crisis.
72-Hour Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits around the world.
In Nassau, Bahamas, Wellness Advocates Alexis and Gene Krcelic worked with several nonprofits to take aid to communities that were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
Recently, Wellness Advocate Anne Heintzelman distributed 300 emergency relief kits to the Bethesda Mission. The Bethesda Mission has a recovery house for men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, as well as a mobile mission that brings resources to homeless individuals in the Harrisburg area. These kits were used to offer aid to those admitting themselves to the recovery home and those living on the street in Harrisburg.
We are so grateful for Anne’s hard work in receiving and distributing these kits to those in need.
Wellness Advocate Hannah Jerigan and her team go from door to door in Ruston, Louisiana, to share a smile, hope, and essential oil training. The small town took a direct hit from an EF3 tornado, causing severe damage and two fatalities.
Wellness Advocate Kathy Wagner and her daughter distributed Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits to Canyon Country, Los Angeles, neighborhoods that were affected by the Tick Fire. Kathy and her family were able to deliver emergency relief kits to many families evacuated by the fires and to firehouses that fought to extinguish the flames.
The Tick Fire broke out on October 24, 2019, burning several thousand acres. The fire forced the mass evacuation of 40,000 people from the Santa Clarita Valley. The fire was 98% contained by October 29, 2019.
Kristin Clark and her family drove to the rural area of Douglass and Leavenworth Counties in Kansas to distribute Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits.
Upon receiving kits from Kristin, one recipient burst into tears of joy and gratitude. Her granddaughter was so excited, she ripped open the kit and hugged her toothbrush. Her beloved “Nana toothbrush” was blown away by tornados, never to be seen again. Now, this young child proudly has a new toothbrush that is all her own.
Victor Darquea and Ilse Helbing and their team raised money to pay baggage fees for the transportation of 300 emergency relief kits to Paraguay in order to benefit indigenous people and firefighters in forest fire zones. They taught locals how to use the hygiene items and made food and water contributions too.
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated the city Les Cayes, Haiti, home to the doTERRA® source of Vetiver Essential Oil. 70%-80% of the homes in Les Cayes lost their roof or were flooded. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation helped to rebuild Haiti after this devastating natural disaster.
In this podcast episode, we talk with Mark Wolfert, founding executive, and Joy Wu and Sandy Schuffler, doTERRA® Wellness Advocates, about the way the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation responds to disasters and works to support communities around the world.