Hundreds of Employees Volunteer During October
Mercy Springfield Communities is sponsoring Hands of Hope, Convoy of Hope’s weekly volunteer opportunity for the month of October. Hundreds of volunteers are assisting with various projects to help Convoy’s work all over the world.
“As Mercy celebrates our 125th year of service to the Ozarks, we encouraged our co-workers to get out into the community and return our blessings by volunteering,” says Julie Jones, executive director of Community Relations for Mercy. “We’re so proud to sponsor Hands of Hope making it easy for people to come give a few hours to a great organization.”
According to Jones, Convoy of Hope is just one of the many locations where Mercy co-workers have given their time this year.
“We are extremely grateful for Mercy’s partnership,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “We are only able to give hope to the impoverished and suffering throughout the world because of great partners like Mercy and their employees who give of their time.”
Singer Gives Back to Louisiana Flood Survivors
Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift, has made a generous donation to help families affected by major flooding in Louisiana.
“We appreciate Taylor’s partnership,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “Her donation will help us provide building materials to residents affected by the flooding.”
To date, Convoy of Hope has distributed nearly 1.5 million pounds of emergency relief supplies and assisted families with debris removal and cleanup.
Swift recently told The Associated Press that during her recent tour — that started in Louisiana — fans made her feel at home and news of the flooding was heartbreaking.
To follow the response, visit convoy.org/laflood.
Supplies Pre-Positioned for Immediate Distribution
Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is responding to Hurricane Matthew as it makes landfall in Haiti, where Convoy has worked since 2007 feeding children. As the Category 4 storm hits the western side of the country, Convoy of Hope has staff and partners on the ground where supplies have been pre-positioned across the country.
“As one of our program countries, the safety of the children and families we serve is of utmost importance,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “Pre-positioning emergency relief supplies will enable us to begin distributions as soon as the storm passes.”
According to Donaldson, a container of supplies is en route to Haiti from Convoy of Hope’s warehouse in Springfield, Mo.
“We are thankful for our faithful friends who support our work and enable us to respond swiftly and effectively,” Donaldson adds. “We will continue to work with our partners to identify the areas of greatest need moving forward.”
Convoy’s Disaster Services team is monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it moves towards Cuba and the United States.
For more information and to follow the response, visit convoyofhope.org.
Response Continues Following Catastrophic Flooding
Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team continues to respond to historic flooding in Louisiana where more than 145,000 structures — commercial and residential — were impacted. More than 1 million pounds of food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene kits and other much-needed items have been distributed.
“We are working with partners in the area and plan to stay in full distribution mode for the next several days,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “Once the immediate needs have been met, we can start debris removal and cleanup operations.”
To date, Convoy of Hope has sent 41 truckloads to the affected areas, serving nearly 40,000 people.
“We plan to stay as long as we need to in order to help families get back on their feet,” Donaldson adds. “Our partners and friends allow us to help these families get back into their homes and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
Convoy was among the first organizations to respond. For more information and to follow the response, visit convoyofhope.org/lafloods.
Relief Supplies Distributed in Affected Areas
Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is responding to historic flooding in Louisiana. Many rivers have crested several feet above record level, which means communities that have never flooded before are now flooding.
“A truckload of food, water, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits has already been delivered and is being distributed,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “An additional two loads of relief supplies will arrive in the affected areas later today.”
According to Donaldson, once the Disaster Services team meets immediate needs, they will shift into helping families remove debris and clean their homes.
“As with all disasters we respond to, we plan to help families get back on their feet,” Donaldson adds. “Sometimes that can take weeks, months or even years.”
Convoy was among the first organizations to respond. For more information and to follow the response, visit convoyofhope.org.