#APHU 462817, 10/16/12. Our eighth big project of 2012 was a huge 45’ extended container that went to Moldova by way of Poland. The Ukrainian customs have been so troublesome for Moldova that it was easier to ship to Poland and truck the trailer cross country to Hope and Mercy in Moldova. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provided the nearly new 150 Stryker hospital mattresses that were shipped in this container. The hospital was having problems with stains from chemotherapy drugs, so Stryker provided new mattresses for CHOP, and they gave us the 300 that they replaced. The paper thin and filthy mattresses used in Moldova were quickly discarded after they received our container, and the feedback was very positive. It poured rain the day we loaded this huge container and the mattresses were very clean, and the furnishings and physical therapy equipment were immediately useful in the hospitals.
#CAXU 7413381, 10/3/12. Idrees Ahmed (Sonny) lives in Secaucus New Jersey with his wife and three children. Sonny originally came from Pakistan, and Sonny and his brother ship heart catheters, urinary stents, arthroscopic materials and lab items back to family in Pakistan for distribution. After several small shipments Sonny decided to ship a 40’ container to Christian Town in Sialkot, Pakistan. We were able to ship hospital beds, stretchers, surgical kits, lab items and a blanket warmer from CHOP, and several cases of personal care items to Pakistan. Although customs was very difficult with his first container, Sonny has been working on another project, and Mission Relief is there to help the very forlorn country of Pakistan with our gifts of material kindness from American hospitals and churches.