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MAP sends $127K in aid to Oklahoma victims
Just two days after a massive tornado ripped through Oklahoma and shattering the lives of thousands, a local organization sought to make a difference.

MAP International, headquartered in Brunswick, sent more than $127,000 worth of medical supplies Wednesday to the city of Moore, Okla., almost 2,000 miles west of Brunswick.

The disaster relief efforts were made possible through a partnership with Convoy of Hope and International Relief Teams in Oklahoma. The first aid supplies and personal hygiene items are being distributed through the Convoy of Hope's mobile unit.

Katie Pace, a public content specialist with MAP International, says additional shipments are planned as soon as the organization can confirm what else is needed.

"We are confirming the need right now but will be providing items such as surgical masks for clean-up crews, vitamins and other essential personal hygiene supplies like deodorant, first aid kits, shampoo, mouthwash, toothbrushes, sunblock and insect repellent," she said.

In order to provide what's needed for first responders and clean-up crews, MAP must raise another $125,000.

"What a privilege it is to help our brothers and sisters in Oklahoma", Dr. Ravi Jayakaran, vice president of MAP's global program, said. "The Oklahoma City area has a special place in our hearts because MAP has many generous long-term supporters, board members and partners there. Now is our time to be generous to them."

The humanitarian and health organization regularly partners with national and international organizations to provide medicines and healthcare supplies for those in need.

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