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Medical Teams International Providing Assistance to Arkansas Tornado Survivors

by Angela Pratt | Apr 28, 2014

(PORTLAND, ORE.—April 28, 2014)  Medical Teams International (MTI) is shipping hygiene supplies today to families, rescue workers and volunteers in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

On Sunday, April 27th, a wave of tornadoes swept through the south-central U.S. killing at least 16 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.  In coordination with Mosaic Church in Little Rock, more than 300 kits of donated supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and soap assembled by MTI staff and volunteers will be shipped and distributed to families impacted by the disaster and those assisting with response efforts.

“These kits will assist the community as they try to recover from the impact of these devastating tornadoes,” says Joe DiCarlo, MTI’s Vice President of Programs.  “We continue to pray for families that have lost their homes and loved ones and all involved in the rescue efforts on the ground.”

While Medical Teams International is not accepting cash donations for this effort, the organization does accept donations of the following new and unused items:     

  • Combs and/or brushes
  • Bars of soap (large or hotel-size)
  • Washcloths
  • Adult-sized toothbrushes
  • Child-sized toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (large tube or travel-size)

 Donations can be dropped off or shipped to the following MTI distribution centers:

Oregon Distribution Center

14150 SW Milton Court
Tigard, OR 97224
Hours: 8-4pm PST M-F

Washington Distribution Center
9680 153rd Avenue Northeast
Redmond, WA 98052
Hours: 8-4pm PST M-F

Any donations received in excess of need will be distributed to MTI’s existing social service agency partners and/or used to support the organization’s international health programs. For more information, go to

Medical Teams International is a Christian humanitarian relief and development organization committed to helping people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. We mobilize expert volunteer medical, dental and support professionals, ship donated medicines and supplies and create health programs with lasting impact.  Our efficient and effective approach to providing care to the world’s most vulnerable has earned our organization Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for five years in row and has kept us among the top 10 of the charity evaluator’s “Top Notch Charities” list.