Medical Teams Intl. Partners with BD and Oregon-based Corporations to Provide Hygiene Kits to Wildfire Evacuees

Becton Dickinson, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, A-dec, and Reser’s Fine Foods Give Generously for Compassion Force Kits

(Portland, OR) September 17, 2020 – As massive wildfires continue to claim lives, displace families, and destroy businesses and livelihoods across the western U.S., the non-profit Medical Teams International has partnered with BD and three Oregonian companies to provide critically needed hygiene supplies. 

Medical Teams is deeply grateful to Becton Dickinson, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, A-dec, and Reser’s Fine Foods for stepping up to help people in distress in Oregon. Together, the companies have contributed toward providing 5,000 Compassion Force hygiene kits to evacuees.

Medical Teams International staff assemble hygiene kits for wildfire evacuees (Source: Medical Teams International).

Medical Teams’ Compassion Force hygiene kits cost $10 per kit. Each kit provides enough hygiene items for one month, including shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, bandaids, and a washcloth. Medical Teams will also provide specialized medical equipment (e.g. walkers, nebulizers, diabetes strips, and testers) as requested, while discerning other areas of needed support. The kits will be delivered to United Way’s Salem office and distributed to the evacuation centers at Oregon State Fairgrounds and Deschutes County Fairgrounds.   

“We so appreciate our compassionate corporate partners, Becton Dickinson, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, A-dec, and Reser’s Fine Foods who have come together to help displaced Oregonians,” said Debra Hirsh, Medical Teams Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. “These companies have long-standing relationships with Medical Teams and have a history of responding to needs in our community. In this time of great crisis, they have responded yet again.”

About Medical Teams International

Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Because every person—no matter where they are or how desperate their situation—matters. Learn more at and on social media using @medicalteams.