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By Kaitlyn Nuebel Between kayaking in the summer and snow-skiing in the winter, Karen and Greg Matviko are grateful for their busy and healthy retirement – which pushes them to help those in need. “Today there’s so many people that need help and you wouldn’t even know it,” Karen Matviko says. Stop by Brother’s Brother Foundation on a Tuesday morning and you’ll likely find Greg and Karen Matviko moving and sorting through boxes of donated hygiene supplies in the warehouse. Since April, the retired couple has taken the 40-minute drive from their home in Leechburg on a weekly basis to package hygiene kits to send to refugees in Ukraine. After seeing photos of the first shipment’s arrival, Greg says he feels good knowing he played a role in helping the hygiene kits get to their final destination in Dnipro, Ukraine. “You know you’re doing something [and] you know it’s getting somewhere,” he says. “I’m in the warehouse and I see [packages] go all over the world. It’s just not Ukraine at all – you see that BBF helps everyone.” Between kayaking in the summer and snow-skiing in the winter, the Matvikos are grateful for their busy and healthy retirement – which pushes them to help those in need. “Today there’s so many people that need help that you wouldn’t even know it,” Karen Matviko says. “It’s just nice to do something good. And it’s as simple as that.”
By Kaitlyn Nuebel Almost a year after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, BBF and Americares’ disaster response continues to make an impact. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti last August did extensive damage, leaving over 2,000 people dead and more than 2 million people in need of humanitarian aid. Destroying 59 hospitals in the process, the disaster struck at an incredibly vulnerable time -- the country was navigating political turmoil and the COVID-19 pandemic while still recovering from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Brother’s Brother Foundation, in partnership with Americares, responded to the disaster by shipping urgently needed supplies to Haiti. A grant from BBF provided wound care supplies, PPE, cardiovascular medication, and other medical supplies needed to help Haitians survive the earthquake’s aftermath. Almost a year later and aid for Haiti continues. Working with local partners, BBF and Americares are supporting Haiti’s healthcare systems and communities. Long-term programs will provide psychological first aid for adults and children, trauma-informed care, and support for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.