Shipments of Aid and Hope from Medical Missionaries

Loading a Sea Container, Manassas, VA

Each year, Medical Missionaries sends vast quantities of medicine, medical supplies, medical equipment, food, and other supplies to improve the healthcare of the poor throughout the world. Some of these sea containers support the work of partner organizations in many countries. 

If you would like to help load a sea container at our warehouse in Manassas, VA, please visit our Volunteer page.

Please see below  for more information about some of our recent shipments of aid and hope:

 Program Update: Shipments of Aid in 2018

Throughout 2018 Medical Missionaries was active with sending supplies to those in need both in the USA and internationally.

In the USA:

  • Medical Missionaries sent aid to North Carolina hurricane victimsIn September and October, disaster relief was sent to North Carolina to aid people affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael.
  • Over the summer, Dr. Gil Irwin made a cross-country trip distributing new clothing, school supplies, and sporting goods to American Indian schools/reservations to the Sioux of South Dakota, Crow and Northern Cheyenne of Montana and Athabasca natives of Copper Valley, Alaska.
  • As in previous years, supplies were distributed locally: hospital supplies and equipment were given to over 200 people locally in DC/Northern VA; 25 van loads of clothing  household items, and food went to isolated areas of western West Virginia beyond Elkins. Regular shipments of food, clothing and household supplies were delivered to Appalachian “coal country” (southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia).




Medical Missionaries sends aid to AfricaMedical Missionaries sent five sea containers of medical equipment, and healthcare and household supplies to those in need and to help build infrastructure in very poor areas of the world, including Cameroon, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, and Syria, in addition to supplies sent to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


We also provided aid to help other organizations send supplies to Peru and Jamaica.



Program Update: Shipments of Aid and Hope Through 2017

Medical Missionaries delivering supplies and aid to Appalachia2017 marked the 20th year since the founding of Medical Missionaries.

By the end of  2017, we had sent 173 sea containers of supplies worldwide, supported 30 local health groups, made over 300 trips to West Virginia, Appalachia, and American Indian reservations in the Midwest.

We sent disaster relief for victims of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes in the US (including Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Medical Missionaries hurricane disaster relief to Texas and Florida2017 Hurricane Relief Supplies for Texas and Florida
(August – September 2017)

With many impacted by hurricanes in the USA, Medical Missionaries collected and distributed emergency relief supplies to those affected. First, supplies were sent to Texas to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Next, after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida, Medical Missionaries delivered approximately 5 tons of relief supplies to Immokalee, to people who had lost everything in the hurricane. 

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Medical Missionaries sending supplies to AppalachiaHelping Those in Need in Appalachia

Medical Missionaries regularly sends supplies to those in need in Appalachia, Volunteer Bud Stanton usually makes this trip twice each month, bringing clothing, shoes, bedding, household supplies, and children's toys to the people in and around Elkins, West Virginia.

2016 Disaster Relief Efforts in the USA and Worldwide

During 2016, sea containers of medicines and medical and household supplies were sent to those in need in the USA and worldwide:

  • In the USA, Medical Missionaries provided Disaster Relief Assistance for victims of floods in West Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Read more about disaster relief in 2016.

  • Numerous shipments of supplies were sent to those in need in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Africa. The medicines and medical suppliesdonated to the Patcha Foundation enabled them to provide health care and surgeries to over 3,400 people in the far north region of Cameroon, Africa.Medicines and medical supplies were also sent to help the Philippines through our partnership with Risen Savior Missions.

Supplies for Haiti/Dominican Republic
(October – December 2013)

In December, the sea containers that were shipped in October arrived in the Dominican Republic. The first carried medical supplies and construction materials; the second was packed with food supplied by Feed My Starving Children for our school lunch program, to be distributed to schools in Thomassique, Haiti.

Aid to Typhoon Victims in PhilippinesAid to Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
(November 2013)

Working in conjunction with a partner organization, Medical Missionaries prepared a shipment of medical supplies to go to Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban, Leyte, which was one of the few hospitals that was functioning for some time in the whole region. This photo shows some of the destruction in that area.

150th Sea Container sent overseas by Medical Missionaries!
(October 2013)

In October, when Medical Missionaries volunteers loaded a sea container of medical equipment and supplies to be shipped overseas, it had a special significance: it was the 150th sea container that Medical Missionaries has sent to over 35 countries around the world in the past 12 years. That adds up to over 3,000 tons of medical equipment and supplies, food, and household goods for the poorest of the poor! We thank everyone for their support that has made this possible.

Shipment of Medications to Partner Groups
(October 2013)

50 more boxes of medications were sent to our partner groups to help supply the clinics they support throughout the world, mostly in Haiti.

Medical Missionaries donation to CAR (Central African Republic)Medical Supplies to CAR (Central African Republic)
(October 2013)

A shipment of medical supplies we sent to the Central African Republic (CAR), working with the International Partnership for Human Development, arrived, and was immediately put to good use. These supplies are much appreciated by all those it will help.

Dr. Gil delivering supplies to the Cherokee Nation in OklahomaClothing to the Cherokee Nation
(May 2013)

Dr. Gilbert Irwin, President of Medical Missionaries, made a trip to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to delivery a truckload of new clothing to the Cherokee Nation - sweatshirts, T-shirts, sweaters, and gym outfits - all donated by generous merchants who support the work of Medical Missionaries.

Medical Supplies to Ivory Coast
(May 2013)

When a sea container of supplies that had been sent a few months earlier arrived in the Ivory Coast, we received a thank you from Act for Africa International: "With the donation made by your organization, we were able to help families and individuals of the city of Koumassi not only meet their daily sanitary needs, but also equip their general hospital...and also reequipped 5 other medical centers throughout the city. Your donation made a big difference in the lives of so many people in the community and we are so grateful. Please find attached some photos taken during the ceremony at the hospital."

 Medical Supplies Donated to Ivory Coast     Medical Missionaries Donation of Supplies to Ivory Coast     Ivory Coast Grateful for Donation of Medical Supplies

Relief Supplies to Hurricane Sandy Victims in New Jersey
(November 2012)

Dr. Gil Irwin of Medical Missionaries delivered 5 tons of supplies to 4 relief centers along the Jersey Shore. All were very grateful to receive the supplies, especially the 600 mops that were distributed to help their clean up efforts. Special thanks to all who had helped (including All Saints Parish and Wakefield in the Plains School) by donating & packing these supplies.

In November Medical Missionaries also delivered clothing and emergency supplies to West Virginia to aid victims of power failures there.

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