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The statistics are overwhelming: $125 billion in damage, more than 40 inches of rain in spots, and more than 100 deaths. Hurricane Harvey in 2017 was one of the most destructive tropical cyclones in U.S. history. A Santa Barbara County non-profit played a key role in relief efforts, getting essential medicines and medical supplies to the hard hit region.

Two South Coast organizations are working together to give much needed cancer medication to low-income patients in developing countries.

Pharmaceutical company Amgen based in Thousand Oaks is donating $93 million worth of cancer medicine that humanitarian aid nonprofit Direct Relief based in Santa Barbara is distributing to 18 developing countries including Armenia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras and India.

A Santa Barbara County based non-profit agency is making a big contribution to people impacted by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura Counties, as well as Northern California’s Camp Fire.

Direct Relief provided more than 150,000 masks for distribution to people in Northern and Southern California.

(Image courtesy Mike Peters/National Cartoonists Society)

Many of America’s favorite cartoonists joined forces on Thanksgiving to dedicate their strips to awareness about the ongoing impacts of the major disasters which have hit the United States in the last few months.

Now, original signed versions of the strips are being auctioned to benefit a Santa Barbara County based non-profit’s efforts to help the hurricane and Northern California fire victims.

(Photo courtesy Direct Relief)

Today is “Giving Tuesday,” when people are encouraged to support non-profits as we open our wallets for the holiday season. A South Coast based which helps people in need around the world, and here in the U.S. with medicine, and medical supplies received a huge endorsement on this day of giving, being named by CNBC as the “Top Charity Changing The World” for 2016.