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Would you like to learn more about Orphan Grain Train and what goes on behind the scenes? Please click on the two short videos below to see OGT in action.
Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria Relief Update
The requests OGT has been receiving for assistance in Texas is for tools and building materials for rebuilding homes. OGT recently purchased $40,000.00 worth of drywall, 6 truckloads which were shipped to the Houston area for reconstruction of homes. OGT also purchased 2 loads of home insulation and building supplies and shipped to Texas. This is just the start of a large commitment to Houston and the Texas coastal region of Rockport and Victoria for restoration and rebuilding of homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. On October 30 two of our bedroom units (each unit houses 18-20 beds) were set up at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for volunteers to sleep in while using the Gloria Dei facility for meals and showers. A container to store tools for volunteers to use was also delivered. We plan to be there for the long term and this is just the beginning of our commitment to help with disaster relief of Hurricane Harvey.
Now for Hurricane Irma which destroyed portions of Florida, OGT is planning to send volunteer village units to the Fort Myers area as well as containers of supplies for the rebuilding process. We are looking at options for the village to be in a key location with the ability to obtain proper permits. Orphan Grain Train was stationed and assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina for 5 years and we plan to be a part of the rebuilding of homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria for the long term. Pictured is one of the truckloads of drywall heading to Texas on Friday, October 13, 2017.
First Shipment to Puerto Rico is distributed! Orphan Grain Train’s first relief container for Puerto Rico was loaded Thursday, October 26 and it arrived in San Juan on November 24, 2017. Cornerstone Ministry Center in Seymour, Indiana loaded the container with donated goods from the area along with supplies from OGT’s Indiana Branch in Jonesville, Indiana. Hurricane Relief funds donated to OGT’s International office were used to fund this first of several planned shipments for Puerto Rico. A Christian church, Centro Cristiano Gracia Y Verdad received the shipper owned container filled with bottled water, generators, canned food, baby food, diapers, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, household items, and clothes. These goods were distributed with shouts of joy and praise from many families and individuals of Puerto Rico whose lives have been shattered by Hurricane Maria. Please pray for improved living conditions and comfort for the children, families and workers in Puerto Rico.
If you would d like to donate construction supplies, they can be delivered to OGT's Norfolk warehouse at 606 West Phillip Avenue Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM. Monetary donations can be sent to Orphan Grain Train, P. O. Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702 or donate on line by clicking the Donate button. Please indicate Hurricane Relief. If you would like to double your donations and your impact please read below about Thrivent Financial's amazing offer. Thank you for assisting the victims of the hurricanes through Orphan Grain Train. Please pray for those that have lost so much.
Double Your Donation for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria
Once again Thrivent Financial will double your contribution for Orphan Grain Train through Thrivent’s website. You can make a personal donation on Thrivent.com for OGT to provide assistance to hurricane victims. When you do, Thrivent will double the impact - up to $3 million. This opportunity will run until the $3 million match is met or until December 31, 2017, whichever comes first. Go to Thrivent.com to learn more about Thrivent’s disaster response or click here to make your online donation. To be eligible for the Thrivent match, all donations must be made online through Thrivent’s website. What a wonderful way to double your impact for those in desperate need.
Volunteer 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 http://fullercenter.org/disaster-rebuilders/ 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 email@example.com. 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.
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Last year more than 4.6 million meals were shipped to starving people around the world.
Only 3 % of every dollar spent go for administration and fundraising. 97% goes for helping needy people.
At last count, more than 2,650 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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