Pamplin Media Group – Medical Teams International manufactures 1,500 hygiene kits for tornado victims


Volunteers from the Tigard-based nonprofit packed kits for Kentucky tornado victims

Like Christmas elves packing for Santa, a group of seven volunteers moved to place personal hygiene items in kits destined for tornado-ravaged areas of Kentucky on Wednesday. These volunteers were all part of efforts by Medical Teams International, headquartered in Tigard, to provide some of the essentials to victims of the tornado in western Kentucky after the storm ravaged that state in early Kentucky. month.

“We are doing this in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette and we are sending 1,500 kits through the Compassion Force program that we have here at Medical Teams,” said Therese Briede, Supply Chain and Management Specialist. volunteers for Medical Teams International. . “We did them last year for all the (Oregon) fires.”

Inside each kit set up by the faith-based humanitarian aid agency, there were items such as soap, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, washcloth, comb, disinfectant. for hands and dressings.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gary Filsinger of Oregon City places a box full of hygiene items on a pallet on Wednesday in Medical Teams International's Tigard warehouse.

Tracy Dudek, corporate and foundation relations specialist for Medical Teams International, said Oregon Goodwill Industries funded medical teams to purchase the items, helping their Kentucky counterparts.

Briede said the volunteers like to do what they are doing because they know where the kits are going and they will be of service to us. Because of this, she never struggled to bring additional people to the organization’s large warehouse to assemble the kits. PHOTO PMG: JAIME VALDEZ - Volunteers have prepared hygiene kits for victims of the Kentucky tornado at the headquarters of Medical Teams Internationals Tigard.

“We have volunteers here every day of the week and they pack medical products for international and local (use),” Briede said. “But usually when something like that comes up, we stop what we’re doing and start building kits.”

One of the volunteers wrapping up items on Wednesday was Bruce Schwindt, a Portland retiree who has volunteered for about 12 years.PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A close-up photo shows the various hygiene items for victims of the Kentucky tornado.

“I think it’s a very useful mission and I think it’s done well,” said Bruce Schwindt. “They have a great staff. Of course, I like to interact with the rest of the volunteers. This is a big part of it. ”

Gary Filsinger, of Oregon City, said he and his wife Carolyn had volunteered with Medical Teams International for eight years.

“They are the nicest people you will ever meet,” he said. “We’re just doing something that’s a great idea. We love helping people around the world who are less fortunate.”PMG PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Volunteers help prepare hygiene kits at Medical Teams International.

Briede said the hygiene kits contain items in containers that should last for one person per month.

“On our website ( there is a place where people can make them and we have had church groups making them. We have had school groups making them and there is always a constant need. “said Briede.

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