World Medical Relief, Inc.
World Medical Relief, Inc.

World Medical Relief (WMR) will mark the celebration of its 61st anniversary on Nov. 1, 2014 with the launching of its new, spacious facility located in Southfield.

The anniversary event will be held at the Laurel Manor in Livonia. It will start at 6 p.m. 

Filipino-American George V. Samson, WMR president, said WMR’s newly purchased, one-level facility has an area of 62,000 square feet, which is much larger than the floor area of its present building in Rosa Park, Detroit.

Details of how the new building was acquired are expected to be disclosed during a program highlighting the celebration.

Samson said he expects that with its more spacious building, WMR will be able to step up its relief operations for countries badly in need of medical supplies and equipment.

Every year, WMR ships medical supplies and equipment worth billions of dollars to over 100 countries all over the world. The Philippines is one of the major beneficiaries of WMR’s medical relief mission.

A few months ago, WMR shipped additional medicines and hospital equipment to Tacloban City, Philippines, one of the hardest-hit areas in the Visayas slammed by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

WMR was founded in 1953 by the late Irene Auberlin, a Detroit housewife, whose heart bled when she watched on TV the pathetic plight of a biracial Korean War orphan named “Little George.”

Auberlin was so moved that she immediately started soliciting donations of diapers, cribs, powdered infant milk and other essential baby items which she sent to the orphanage in Korea.

The recipients were grateful for the donations, and this inspired Auberlin to expand her relief operations to include other areas of the world. This led to the creation of WMR.