June 2019 e-news
Delivering a World of Health and Hope .
Saving Lives in Uganda
When someone hears a story of a young child dying in a far away country, usually the only thing that can be done is to give a quiet thought for the family and the lost opportunity of a young life. What makes our work so meaningful is the ability to honor these lost lives with useful action.
Last year a young boy lost his life in Jinja, Uganda due to a lack of medical care in his hometown. In response to that story SOS, Healing the Children and Ms. Rebecca Dixon partnered to deliver a shipment of medical supplies to the hospital in Jinja to prevent other children from losing their lives in this way again.

That shipment of supplies arrived at Whisper's Magical Children's Hospital in May. The video below sent by the hospital team shows the container arriving and the joy abounding through the whole hospital. With more than $100,000 worth of equipment now installed at the hospital, there is a fully functioning neonatal ICU, emergency rooms and operating theaters.
The team from Whisper's Hospital shared that the supplies had saved a life on that same day of arrival. A small girl was in need of immediate surgery but the tools needed for her operation were not available. With our supplies on hand, they were able to perform surgery and save her life. You can see that little girl in the video below, as well as the incredible staff at Whisper's putting our supplies to work!
Hope Headed to the Caribbean
When we talk about medically impoverished areas of the world, one region not often thought of are the island nations in the Caribbean. While certain cities and islands might be tourist destinations, there are pockets of poverty that are still in need of help.
A small island chain that has attracted our attention is St. Vincent & the Grenadines . Working with their Ministry of Health and Father Ronald Knott from Louisville, we sent our second shipment in two years of supplies and equipment that will be distributed to three hospitals and an orphanage. One piece of equipment we sent was a motorized wheelchair for a young man (pictured) who could no longer travel with his decades-old wheelchair. Due to the sandy terrain and the condition of his wheelchair, his caregivers could not maneuver his wheelchair into their home. Instead of the motorized wheelchair being thrown away here at home, it will provide assistance and transportation for years to come!

The clinics and hospitals served by SOS have limited financial resources since they are providing free or reduced-cost medical care to the most impoverished communities in the world. Every shipment is funded primarily by SOS donors. Together we are raising the standard of care around the world. If you have ever been moved by our stories of Health and Hope please consider supporting us so that we can continue this work. There are more lives to be saved and you can be a hero by delivering life-saving healthcare.

If you are looking for a way support and celebrate at the same time, we've got something in mind...
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Bourbon + Band Aids!

Bourbon + Band Aids 2019 is June 20th at the Muhammad Ali Center and will feature bourbon tastings  from your favorite brands paired with chef-inspired appetizers, Signature Cocktails  from Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniels Sinatra Select plus music  from the swingin' Sixties! Guests will also be treated to a buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres, chances to win cool swag, raffles, door prizes and much more!

This event is presented by Brown Forman.
Saving Lives in Louisville
We are not just saving lives overseas, but also right here at home. The expired supplies we receive cannot be used on humans but they are perfect for animal shelters to use! Every month we donate things like gloves, catheters and a variety of items that the Kentucky Humane Society uses to nurse animals back to health.

Recently we went to the Humane Society to meet Cranberry. Cranberry was brought in emaciated, dehydrated and dying (left). As a last resort, the vets thought they could save her by performing a blood transfusion. Using supplies received from SOS, vets performed a successful transfusion and waited. Over 2 weeks later, Cranberry is the life of the party! When we met her (right), she was up to a healthy weight, ready to be spayed and then adopted to her forever home!
Watch below and hear SOS President Denise Sears and Head Veterinarian Dr. Emily Bewley describe the state Cranberry was in when she arrived and how she was nursed back to health with donated medical supplies!
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Supplies Over Seas (SOS) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment.

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