Friday, November 8, 2013

Pittsburgh-Based Brother’s Brother Foundation Prepares Response to Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Pittsburgh-based Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) is working with the Philippine American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania (PAMS of WP) to provide short term and long term assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda which has devastated parts of the central Philippines.

BBF has worked with PAMS and other Philippine American groups for more than 30 years to send medical supplies to more than 30 Philippine hospitals.  PAMS supports medical assistance by ocean-going container shipments each year with BBF, and sends more than 70 medical volunteers annually to poorer parts of the Philippines.

BBF, a 56-year old Pittsburgh-based international charity, has provided over $3.5 billion of medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people around the world in over 140 countries.

With the help of gifts from the general public, corporations and foundations, in 2012 BBF sent product contributions to those in need in 66 countries including Burundi, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Zambia.  These shipments were the equivalent of 297 tractor trailer loads.  Also in 2012, BBF provided supplies for 274 medical and humanitarian hand-carry mission trips.

Forbes Magazine highlighted BBF as one of five all-star charities in its November 2012 listing of the top 100 U.S. Charities, with a 100 percent rating for fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment. The Better Business Bureau continues to give BBF its “Wise Giving Alliance Standards” seal of approval.

Donations to assist with shipping costs are always accepted. One hundred percent of donations to BBF designated for Philippines relief will be used directly for relief purposes. Credit card donations can be made at www.brothersbrother.org or by calling BBF at 412-321-3160. Checks should be made to the Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:
Brother's Brother Foundation/Philippines Relief
1200 Galveston Ave.                                    
Pittsburgh, PA  15233

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