Current Relief Efforts

Construction Supplies Requested for Texas
OGT’s VP of Operations Grant Schmidt visited the Houston area and met with several different organizations to discuss what their needs are and how OGT can assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The Texas District’s immediate request is for construction and supplies for rebuilding homes, such as lumber, drywall, generators and tools.  At this time they are not requesting clothing, quilts or medical equipment.  Setting up the volunteer village is still in the works.  The devastated area expands hundreds of miles and to set up the village we will need the best location for serving those in need along with obtaining permits for setting up.   Any of the construction supplies can be delivered to the Norfolk OGT 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 disaster relief – Hurricane Harvey.  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 Hurricane Harvey through Orphan Grain Train.  Please pray for those that have lost so much.

Double Your Donation for victims of Hurricane Harvey!

Once again Thrivent Financial will double your contribution for Orphan Grain Train through Thrivent’s website. You can make a personal donation on for OGT to provide assistance to Texas 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, click on Hurricane Harvey Relief and choose Orphan Grain Train to make your online donation. All donations have to be made online through Thrivent’s website. What a wonderful way to double your impact for those in desperate need in Texas. Please continue to pray for those that have lost so much.

Texas Relief

People of all ages from all over the St. Louis area came to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) International Center on Saturday, September 1, 2017 to load supplies to send down to Texas. OGT partnered with LCMS Disaster Response division to transport the supplies to Texas.  The shipment  was unloaded on the morning of Monday, September 4. Thank you to everyone who helped with getting this shipment of supplies to the flood victims in Texas. Photos courtesy of LCMS Communications.

Abundance of Food to Help Others
The Norfolk Warehouse has been blessed with an abundance of food donations and we are grateful to be able to help others domestically with these generous donations. The Lincoln Food Bank in Lincoln, NE received 2 shipments of food today. Lincoln Food Bank has several different programs and organizations to help fight hunger. The NAHA – Native American Heritage Association received a shipment of food yesterday and another today to share with families living on the reservation in North and South Dakota. What wonderful blessings to share with children and families in need.(8/2017)

Busy Beginning to OGT's Week
Three domestic shipments went out earlier this week from the Norfolk warehouse. Cornerstone Children’s Ranch in Quemado, Texas received a load of mixed foods and a load of clothing for those at the ranch and to share with families and organizations in their outreach program. NAHA – Native American Heritage Association in Black Hawk, SD received a shipment of various foods to share with families living on 6 different reservations in North and South Dakota. Many blessings for our neighbors in the US.(8/2017)

A Perfect Fit
This dear little boy attends Help For Haiti’s handicapped school in Haiti. His wheelchair had broken and desperately needed another one. Sandra Koch with HFH looked in her compound and had found this one donated by OGT. It fits him perfectly and is easier for him to get around then his last wheelchair. Praise be to God.(7/2017)

Helping Those Here In Norfolk, NE
Norfolk warehouse gave to Project Homeless Connect Norfolk which was a one-day, one-stop event where individuals and families who are homeless or near homeless are able to receive a wide variety of immediate, on-site services and support for unmet needs for free. OGT donated furniture, hygiene kits, bikes, and new socks. OGT also gave a variety of food to the local food pantry and Rescue Mission for the event. It was great to be involved with this event to help the less fortunate in our community.(7/2017)

Liberia to Receive Shipment
 Maryland Branch volunteers were busy loading for Lutheran Schools in Liberia. Joe Boway with the Lutheran Church in Liberia will be receiving clothes, shoes, commodes, school furnishings, and school books to share with the schools and those in need. (7/2017)

Pails Designed to Encourage While Helping
In December 2016 St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano, WI and OGT’s Wisconsin Branch kicked off a special project to collect 5,000 pails to help families in Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew. The pails could be used to collect clean drinking water and stop the spread of cholera. The children at St. James, St. Paul; Bonduel and St. Martin; Clintonville, WI all joined the project in creating their personal pail for a child in Haiti. The children decorated the pails with their favorite Bible passage or words of encouragement and love. The project was a huge success with collecting approximately 8,000 pails! The pails were shipped to Haiti earlier this year along with 21,600 rice meals, canned vegetables, infant formula, hygiene kits, and medical equipment. The pictures are the buckets being used in Haiti and the showing of the wonderful drawings from the children.(6/2017)

A Bike For A Boy = Such Joy
OGT recently received these wonderful pictures of Caleb, an 8 year old boy with cerebral palsy. Caleb is at one of (KIM) Kids International Ministries’ orphanages in the Philippines. He cannot walk and is at the mercy of people to push him around in his wheelchair. KIM received bikes from OGT and gave some of the smaller bikes to the orphanage. One of the bikes did not have pedals and Caleb was put on this bike. To everyone’s amazement and his amazement, he was able to scoot around on this bike and it gave him the freedom to go where he wanted. He was so happy. KIM shared these pictures and story with us and said “Thank you for the gift of bikes that made a BIG difference in one boy's life.”(01/2017)