For the third year in a row, professional golfer and 2017 PGA TOUR player of the year, Justin Thomas will partner with Convoy of Hope to raise money for hurricane relief efforts. During the PGA Tour Championship, Justin has pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie and $5,000 for every eagle he makes to Convoy of Hope’s Hurricane Florence disaster response.
Justin, his sponsors and fans generated more than $90,000 in donations over the past two year to help Convoy’s hurricane relief efforts. Justin is currently ranked 4th on the PGA’s Official World Golf Ranking and has had seven PGA Tour wins.
“We are thrilled Justin is partnering with Convoy again this year. His support makes a difference in the work we are doing to help the individuals and communities affected by Hurricane Florence” said Rick Waggoner, Convoy’s vice president of development.
Because of Convoy’s quick response to Hurricane Florence, they were able to immediately begin serving residents after the storm made landfall. Distribution items include food, water, baby products, brooms, hygiene kits, flood buckets, tarps and trash cans. At this time, Convoy has distributed more than 274,000 pounds of product and has served more than 12,500 individuals in the Carolinas.
Relief Supplies Pre-Positioned to Help Those Affected
As Hurricane Florence strengthens to a Category Four hurricane on the East Coast, Convoy of Hope is preparing to deploy Disaster Services Teams.
On Wednesday morning, Convoy of Hope will respond ahead of the storm and send an advance team to be in the area and on the ground assessing the storm. On Thursday, Convoy of Hope will then send a full team to the area with equipment and several truck loads of disaster relief supplies from their World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri.
Convoy of Hope’s goal in responding to Hurricane Florence is to give people help and hope in times of great need. Teams in the field will distribute relief supplies to storm survivors, coordinate volunteers and assist in cleanup efforts. Convoy of Hope will be working closely with local, state and federal officials in this response.
“This month is National Preparedness Month. Our team has been watching and preparing to respond to hurricane Florence,” said Convoy of Hope National Spokesperson, Jeff Nene. “We stand ready to help those affected by this powerful storm.”
Convoy of Hope has responded to more than 360 international and domestic disasters to date, delivering more than 516 tractor-trailer loads of relief supplies in 2017 alone. Millions of survivors have been helped thanks to the local churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits, donors and volunteers who make Convoy of Hope’s work possible.
For more information on Convoy of Hope’s response to Hurricane Florence, contact Jessica Blake, Public Relations Director, at (417) 838-3015 or Jeff Nene, National Spokesperson, at (417) 860-2196.
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.