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Charity Navigator Impressed with Orphan Grain Train
Orphan Grain Train is proud to be recognized again as a four star charity which is the highest rating given by Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator. That means we are accountable, transparent, and financially healthy!  We are proud to announce we’ve earned 7 consecutive 4-star ratings.  Orphan Grain Train is a good steward with your hard-earned donations.  98.3 % of all donations go toward Orphan Grain Train mission projects; only 1.7% of donations go toward administrative and fundraising expenses!  Click on the Charity Navigator logo to learn more!  

April is National Volunteer Month and OGT would like to celebrate our valuable, amazing volunteers that are the hands of Jesus! Thank you to all of the volunteers that help sort, pack, load/unload trucks, fix bicycles, make quilts, hygiene kits, etc., and collect and bring donations and the many other ways YOU give love and hope to children, the elderly, the disabled and the very poor through Orphan Grain Train. Thank You!!! We want to showcase OGT volunteers this month so email your photos and info to so we can flood our Facebook with faces of YOU, the heart of our ministry! Photos are a few of our treasured volunteers at OGT’s Norfolk warehouse.

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Orphan Grain Train’s inventory of children and adult bicycles, school kits, hygiene kits and medical equipment that includes walkers, canes, crutches, commodes, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc. is depleted.  If you have any new or gently used bikes or medical equipment not being used we would love to be able to share those with people in need.  Would you, your employer, a local organization, youth group, or congregation consider collecting items for school or hygiene kits? It is a fun and rewarding event which helps children and families less fortunate. If you are a Thrivent member you can apply for a Thrivent Action Team and the seed money goes toward purchasing supplies. For more information on these Special Projects click on the above tab ‘How You Can Help’ and scroll down to Special Projects. If you have any questions, please call toll free 1-877-371-7393. Thank you for your support of Orphan Grain Train missions.

Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria Relief Update 
We have responded early and often.  A semi load of tools, generators, water pumps, wheelbarrows, etc. were sent to both Fort Meyers, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas to help with the cleanup.  We have delivered eleven semi-loads of sheet-rock, three loads of insulation, three loads of clothing, one load of shingles, and two load of mattresses to Houston.  Sixty percent of the food pantries in Houston were flooded, and Trinity Klein Lutheran Church in Spring, Texas was asked to ramp up their food pantry service.  They are now serving 1200 people a week, and we have sent five semi-loads of food there to assist with efforts.  Two bedroom units are now located at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston where volunteers who are helping clean up and restore the city can stay.  Another bedroom unit has been set up for volunteers to use in Corpus Christi, TX.  Five containers filled with relief supplies (cleaning materials, water, clothing, food, hygiene kits, etc.) have already been received in Puerto Rico which was devastated by the storm.  To read about more details click here.  (4-2018)

Volunteers Needed in Houston
If you would like to volunteer or you have a group of people that would like to help with the rebuilding of the Houston area and stay in OGT’s bedroom unit located at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church here is your contact information. The registrations for volunteers are set up through The Fuller Center for Housing website  Click on Volunteer Lodging to find out more about the lodging, meals, requirements and who to contact with questions. There is a button “Register Here for Texas Location”. OGT is working with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. If you have questions or problems registering please contact Brenda Barton at Thank you for supporting OGT and helping our neighbors in Texas with rebuilding their homes and lives from Hurricane Harvey.

The Great Need
In loving response to Christ, the Servant, the Orphan Grain Train movement encourages and enables God’s people to share personal and material resources in bringing Christ’s name and character to needy people both far and near. Sometimes that character expresses itself as a word well spoken, sometimes as a bandage well applied, and sometimes as a child well fed.

Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency  of America's largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded Orphan Grain Train four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Orphan Grain Train 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. Please click on the logo to review our four star rating.


  • Last year more than 4.6 million meals were shipped to starving people around the world.

  • Only 1.7 % of every dollar spent go for administration and fundraising. 98.3% goes for helping needy people in the US and worldwide.

  • At last count, more than 2,862 semi- loads or 40 ft. shipping containers of relief supplies have been sent in the united States and worldwide since 1992.

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