This article was originally published by WLKY News. Original article here.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
Two Louisville-based organizations are banding together to help communities in Honduras devastated by back-to-back hurricanes last year.
The Safai Foundation received 10 pallets of personal hygiene supplies from SYSCO Guest Supply. Customers at their coffee shop on Bardstown Road also donated 200 blankets. SOS pitched in 400 pounds of medical supplies, including wound care dressings, first aid materials, albuterol, and more, totaling more than $14,000. The personal hygiene and medical supplies are headed to Simon Contreras Medical Clinic.
“It’s important not just to send food. There is a lot of other stuff to send. You always think people are hungry, well no, they need clothing, blankets, and other stuff too,” said the founder of the Safai Foundation, Mike Safai.
The partnership between SOS and the Safai Foundation began in 2016, when the two joined forces with Sysco Guest Supply and Royal Coffee NY to send a 40-foot shipping container to the Simon Contreras Medical Center in Marcala, Honduras. Ever since then, whenever the foundation travels to the La Paz region of Honduras, they work with SOS to take along suitcases of supplemental medical supplies for the center.
Due to the pandemic travel restrictions, the foundation has not been able to visit Honduras in over a year; so this container of supplies will provide desperately needed health and hope to communities trying to rebuild from hurricanes Eta and Iota.