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.”
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Emergency Supplies Distributed to People in Desperate Need
Convoy of Hope is responding to the hunger crisis in East Africa as several countries are on the brink of mass famine. Since a famine in 2011, Convoy of Hope has provided lifesaving assistance to children and families across the parched landscape of Kenya.
“If we address the problem before it becomes a catastrophic event, the odds of families surviving increase,” says Bryan Burr, Convoy of Hope’s country director of Kenya. “Already, we have implemented several projects to help mitigate the effects of food insecurity that are plaguing East Africa.”
A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, former U.S. Ambassador and Congressman, Tony Hall, serves as a Special Advisor on Hunger to Convoy of Hope. With millions of lives at stake, Ambassador Hall says time is of the essence and every citizen in the United States can play a significant role in combating the crisis.
“We need to intervene in this crisis because we can play a part in saving the lives of children and families,” says Hall. “Convoy of Hope knows what to do and is already on the ground helping those in need.”
In remote areas of Kenya, Convoy teams are providing food rations to approximately 18,000 beneficiaries.
President of Convoy of Hope Receives Recognition for Service
Convoy of Hope President, Hal Donaldson, was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame that honors individuals, who through their academic, personal or professional achievements, demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others.
“These honorees are exemplary examples of individuals who use their skills and abilities to effect positive change on people from around the world,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “They exemplify the characteristics of ethical leadership, community engagement and cultural competence. The state of Missouri, our nation and the world are better because of these individuals.”
Other inductees include Maxine Clark, Ann Covington, Judith Rowland and Langston Hughes. Donaldson thanked the local community for its collective involvement in bringing hope to people in need.
“The compassion and generosity of people in the Ozarks has helped make Convoy of Hope what it is today,” said Donaldson. “It is a privilege to be a part of this community.”