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Chiefs Defensive Line Helped Pack Care Kits for Heart to Heart International

Veterans Dontari Poe and Allen Bailey led the charge Wednesday


The Chiefs defensive line paired with members of the Shawnee Mission West High School football team Wednesday afternoon to volunteer for Heart to Heart International, an organization that helps in times of natural disaster, develops lab services and ships aid and supplies around the world.

The combined group of Chiefs and Shawnee Mission West Vikings prepared hygiene care kits, which are used in emergency and disaster response. The items included in the kit are those that people may lose in disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes.


"We're putting together these really cool supply care packages for the people that have been having a really tough time out there," Chiefs defensive lineman Mike Catapano said. "We're moving boxes around, we're reading what's on the labels and we're putting them in the correct areas so that we can get a complete package together."

The particular care kits that the Chiefs made Wednesday were most recently sent in response to an earthquake in Nepal, so they needed replenishing.

Thanks to some help from the Chiefs and Vikings, Heart to Heart will be more prepared for the next unfortunate happening.

"We put them into our inventory here," CEO Jim Mitchum said. "They go out and are the things that we use in that next place-- wherever it happens."

Another part of the visit included the Chiefs' opportunity to meet and mentor the high school football players.

"I think it's really good," Mitchum said. "It's powerful for these kids to know that your players care enough about the community to come out and be involved in this.

"It's also great for them to see these guys and have some recognition of what their sports careers could turn out to be."

This wasn't the first time the Chiefs collaborated with Heart to Heart International. Tamba Hali made a “sizable donation” to help the fight against Ebola in October of 2014.

The Chiefs Community Caring Team, led by the defensive line, worked alongside members of the Shawnee Mission West High School football team help prepare humanitarian supplies.

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