Ninja Coalition Helps Feed Kids Through Convoy of Hope
Professional ninja athletes from NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” — Daniel Gil, Maggi Thorne and Jonathan Horton — have teamed up with Convoy of Hope as ambassadors for feedONE. The feedONE campaign raises funds to feed more than 160,000 children in 11 countries where Convoy of Hope provides nutritious food, clean and safe drinking water, and education.
“We are honored to have support from the Ninja Coalition,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “We are excited to work together to feed hungry children around the world.”
Gil, Thorne and Horton have partnered with additional ninjas to form the Ninja Coalition that speaks at schools across the country encouraging students to make a positive impact in the world. Through these speaking engagements, students learn about feedONE and how they can make a difference right where they are.
“We are excited to partner with Convoy of Hope to help raise awareness for feedONE,” says Jonathan Horton, Olympic silver medalist and member of the Ninja Coalition. “We look forward to traveling with them and seeing firsthand all the good work they are doing in the lives of many.”
The ninjas will also travel to El Salvador with Convoy of Hope in January to visit the children being fed through the program and will build an obstacle course for kids at a local orphanage.
To learn more, visit www.ninjacoalition.com.
Convoy of Hope Ambassador Recognized for Philanthropic Work
Friend of Convoy of Hope, Bradley Pinion, has been named the San Francisco 49ers nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Along with the award nomination, United Way Worldwide, the National Football League Foundation and Nationwide are donating $50,000 to the charity of choice for each team’s nominee.
“It’s truly an honor to be the 49ers Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee,” says Pinion. “Since entering the NFL in 2015, I felt it was my responsibility to use this God-given platform to give of my time and resources to events and causes throughout the Bay Area and the Carolinas. I look forward to continuing these efforts throughout my career and will use this nomination as motivation to live up to what this prestigious award is all about.”
As part of the award celebration, each nominee is participating in a social media charity challenge. The nominee whose competition hashtag is used the most will receive an extra $25,000 for their charity. To help Pinion raise an extra $25,000 for Convoy of Hope, use the hashtag #WPMOYChallengePinion.
“We are incredibly thankful for Bradley’s support,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “From advocating for our disaster relief work to volunteering at our Community Events, Bradley truly has a heart to help people in need.”
Pinion recently represented Convoy of Hope on his cleats in celebration of the My Cause, My Cleats weekend. He will also serve Bay Area Guests of Honor this Tuesday at Convoy’s Community Event with the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
Partnership With LuminAID Helps Storm Survivors in Puerto Rico
ABC’s “Shark Tank” will feature Convoy of Hope and show alum, LuminAID, in the upcoming holiday episode airing Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 8 p.m. CST on ABC. “Shark Tank” alum, LuminAID, first appeared on the show in 2015 to pitch their idea for an inflatable solar lantern to make light accessible for outdoor recreation, as well as humanitarian aid. The upcoming episode will highlight innovations centered around the holidays and giving back.
The feature will showcase LuminAID’s recent humanitarian work in Puerto Rico with Convoy of Hope following Hurricane Maria.
“It was incredible to be able to meet families and see their faces light up when they received [LuminAID devices] and were able to charge their phones,” says Anna Stork, co-founder of LuminAID.
Convoy of Hope has also distributed LuminAID solar devices to Southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey and to the British Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“Out of all the products I’ve seen and tried, [LuminAID] meets the needs during times of disaster,” says Paul Coroleuski, Hurricane Maria response director for Convoy of Hope. “It brings light and comfort, but it also gives people the chance to stay connected by being able to charge their cellular devices.”
In addition to providing LuminAID solar aid, Convoy of Hope has served more than 2.6 million meals and over 217,000 individuals in Puerto Rico.
Organization Celebrates 14th Consecutive Year
Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, awarded Convoy of Hope the prestigious 4-star rating for the 14th consecutive year. Convoy of Hope was also included on Charity Navigator’s list of 10 Charities With the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings.
“Convoy of Hope’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” says Michael Thatcher, president & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity.”
According to Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Fewer than 1% of the charities rated in America have received at least 14 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
Alliance to Provide $100,000 to Help Americans in Need
Pure Flix Digital, the leading faith and family streaming video service, is proud to partner with Convoy of Hope to help the working poor throughout America.
Proceeds are generated through the streaming video service, which offers more than 6,500 titles ranging from movies and original series to classic TV shows, kids programming and documentaries.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Convoy of Hope and help those in need across America,” says PureFlix.com CEO, Greg Gudorf. “We’re thankful that the simple act of our customers enjoying our faith and family movies and TV shows can make such a positive impact on our world.”
This month alone, Pure Flix Digital will help provide $100,000 in goods and services for Guests of Honor through Convoy of Hope’s Community Events Initiative. Last year, Convoy of Hope hosted 47 events in cities across the United States.
“We are thankful for the generous support of PureFlix.com,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “Because of such partners and friends, we are able to bring help and hope to those who need it most.”
To learn more, please visit http://www.pureflix.com.