Wisconsin Branch
Manager: Cathy Robinson
800-933-2121 ext. #1706

N4993th 6th Dr.
Westfield, WI 53964

Gifts are on Their Way
Wisconsin Branch shipped a load to Tashkent, Uzbekistan December 14th to the New Hope Foundation.  They will soon be receiving blankets, quilts, linens, stuffed toys, hat, gloves, scarves, coats, clothes, shoes, layette kits, and medical equipment to share with disabled children and individuals in need. Photos are of the Wisconsin Branch volunteers loading the shipment on a cold winter day. Thank you for your dedication and time!(12/2016)

Many Thanks from Romania!
Bread of Life in Romania had a very nice post on facebook about the recent shipment! This was shipped from OGT's Wisconsin Branch earlier this year. Thank you to our donors and volunteers that make these shipments of caring gifts possible!

Bread of Life Post:
Many thanks to our friends at Orphan Grain Train who sent us this 40 foot container packed tight with much needed clothing and other items for the poor. From our warehouse this blessing will be shared with the Orphanage and Feeding Centers in remote villages for this winter. 
May God bless you!(click here to see video)(12/2016)

Relief Arrives in Haiti
Thankful families in Haiti will soon have much needed drinking water distributed to them. Yesterday Help For Haiti (HFH) unloaded a shipment containing drinking water that was shipped from the Wisconsin Branch. Sandra Koch with HFH was grateful for the shipment and will send unloading photos soon.(11/2016)

Working Away to Help Those Near and Far
Recently the Wisconsin Branch volunteers loaded a shipment for Foster Family Society in Riga, Latvia. They will soon be receiving blankets/quilts, linens, clothing, coats, shoes, canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and toys. What wonderful gifts for our friends in Latvia – thank you to our donors and volunteers.(11/2016)

Oh What an Impact Your Donations Make!
In May 2016, the Wisconsin Branch loaded a shipment for Kyrgyzstan. We do not always know the impact that our donations will have. Public Fund “Compassion” distributed this shipment of bedding, blankets, quilts, clothing, shoes, coats, commodes, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers to some very special children and people in institutions. Some of the clothing and blankets were given to the Society of Deaf and Blind, which included 95 individuals on very limited, low income. The Bishkek Center for Homeless Children, ages 3-17, received clothing, blankets and quilts. They have 101 children and another facility houses 45 young adults. Street children, as young as 3, are a huge issue and a reality in Kyrgyzstan. The first picture is of a blind woman receiving OGT donations. The rest of the pictures are of the children in the homeless center. Thank you to our supporters and volunteers for helping to ship hope and love to these very special children and disabled adults.(11/2016)

Number 3 of 4 Containers for Haiti is Off
October 26th OGT's 3rd shipment containing humanitarian aid for Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti was loaded, this one left from the Wisconsin Branch. The hurting and hungry Haitians will be receiving 52,056 Mercy Meals, 7128 Real Hope for the Hungry meals; chili sauce, cheese sauce, canned corn, baby formula, tarps, rope, tape, shovels, gloves, buckets, shoes, bedding, sleeping mats, blankets/quilts, pillowcase dresses, hygiene kits, school supplies, and toys. Help For Haiti will receive the shipment and distribute portions of it to local ministries and organizations to share with their outreach programs to families in need, orphanages, etc. Thank you to our donors and volunteers that help make these lifesaving shipments possible. Pictured are children in an orphanage eating rice meals donated by OGT. The other picture is the dividing of rice meal packets for families in need to take home.(10/2016)

Blessings, Blessings, and More Blessings
Last June 8, the Wisconsin Branch volunteers loaded a shipment for Dushanbe, Tajikistan. If you are thinking, ”Where is that?” It is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia that is bordered by Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. OGT’s recipient Mayak recently unloaded the shipment containing 63,360 Mercy Meals, quilts, bedding, clothing, coats, shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, commodes, crutches/canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. The food and relief supplies were distributed to families in need and 5 different organizations.(8/2016)

Helping Out Eachother Right Here at Home
In June the Wisconsin Branch shipped a load to Native American Heritage Association (NAHA) in Black Hawk, SD. They will soon be receiving 921 boxes of clothing, shoes and accessories, blankets, bedding, stuffed toys, hygiene items, food and school supplies. Thank you to the hard working volunteers for loading all these boxes!(7-2016)

Working Together to Bless Others
June 8, 2016 the Wisconsin Branch volunteers were working hard loading 63,360 Mercy Meals, quilts, bedding, clothing, coats, shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, commodes, crutches/canes, walkers and wheelchairs. This shipment is on its way to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Our recipient, The Lighthouse “Mayak” is an organization that helps the elderly, orphanages, single mothers with children, and those with no means of income. Many blessings will arrive soon.(6-2016)

Distribution Day a Success
Cornerstone Children’s Ranch recently had a distribution of goods that OGT’s Wisconsin Branch donated and shipped to them. Sherry Vanderhoff and her family are missionaries that volunteer at Cornerstone Children's Ranch. Sherry coordinated a distribution day last March 14 at City Church Del Rio in Del Rio, Texas with a team from United Grace Baptist Church in San Antonio, while they were there on a mission trip. They also had help from several local volunteers. The distribution day was to help the needy children at the local public schools in Del Rio. Some of the children are from one-income families and therefore lack the funds to purchase clothing. The clothing donated by OGT has been a tremendous blessing to these families. They recently had a single mother of 6 children come to the local school asking for help with clothing and were able to provide for all of her children and herself too. Cornerstone Children’s Ranch hopes to start a food bank at City Church Del Rio with the blessings from OGT soon. The pictures are of getting ready for the exciting day of distributing goods to children in need. (3-2016)

Funds Provided to Help Purchase Beans
Wisconsin Branch funded a shipment of 800-50 pound bags (40,000 lbs) of black beans to the Philippines March 17, 2016. The shipment was loaded out of the Norfolk warehouse in Nebraska. This shipment will be going to the island of Mindanao, which is in a state of calamity due to El Nino causing severe drought. The farmers are unable to grow crops for money. They cannot purchase food but also their gardens are not producing vegetables to feed their families. Children and families are starting to starve and OGT received a plea for food. OGT shipped a container of rice-fortified meals a couple of weeks ago. Please pray for relief and help during this difficult time for the people in Mindanao. (3-2016)

Such Warmth Received During the Cold Winter
In January, Wisconsin Branch shipped a load to Riga, Latvia that contained blankets/quilts, linens, men's, women's, and children's clothing, coats and shoes, commode, crutches, walkers, and school supplies. Our recipient unloaded the shipment on March 4th and emailed OGT these pictures and a thank you for all the wonderful supplies for families and organizations in the region. (3-2016)

Shipment of Relief for Riga
Wisconsin Branch volunteers busy loading a shipment for families in Riga, Latvia. The volunteers loaded 87 boxes of blankets/quilts, bedding, 10 sleeping mats, 1,161 boxes of clothes, coats and shoes, medical equipment and 2 boxes of school supplies. Thank you volunteers for all the sorting, packing and loading of donations! Pictures are of the volunteers loading at their location in Westfield, WI. (1-2016)

Shipment for Haiti
The Wisconsin Branch volunteers were busy loading a shipment for Haiti on January 13, 2016 in 15 degree temperature. The shipment included 190,080 Mercy Meals, school desks and chairs, teacher’s desks, and school furnishings. The food will be distributed to five different orphanages and schools in Haiti. The school furnishings are for an orphanage and school at Thomassique, 90 miles outside of Port au Prince in the mountainous region. Four hundred students eat at the school daily and will be grateful for the meals. The desks and school furnishings along with the food will be a great blessing for the children and teachers. Pictures are of the dedicated and hardworking volunteers loading the shipment for Haiti.  (1-2016)

Loaded for Lithuania
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Wisconsin Branch volunteers were busy loading a shipment for Lithuania. The shipment included 239 boxes of blankets and quilts, 1,298 boxes of clothes, coats and shoes, 15 boxes of school supplies, and medical equipment. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers that sorted and packed over 1,500 boxes for this shipment and to those that loaded all these items onto the truck. What a blessing for the families and people on the receiving end in Lithuania.  

Several Groups Helped in Kyrgyzstan
Last November, Kyrgyzstan received a shipment from the Wisconsin Branch that included bedding, blankets, quilts, clothing, coats, shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, belts, hospital bed, gurney, walkers, crutches, shower chairs, commodes, and wheelchair.  OGT received a “Thank you” from our recipient in Kyrgyzstan. 

“Advent Greetings from Bishkek!  We thank God for you and the whole of the OGT for the humanitarian aid that the destitute people of Kyrgyzstan have been receiving for 15 years. We are glad to be co-workers with you in this God-pleasing work.


Lena Bykova

Programs Coordinator, Concordia Lutheran Church”

Lena also included the following stories and pictures of some of the groups being helped with the humanitarian aid from this one shipment.
Glory be to God!

Public Charity Fund “Jologon” works in the Issyk-Kul oblast of Kyrgyzstan. This Fund was established in the year of 2000, it supports 76 destitute families, 22 disabled children and 38 orphans living in the region. From OGT shipment, the Fund received 10 boxes of children’s clothes, 30 boxes of women’s clothes, 20 boxes of men’s clothes and 2 boxes of hats and caps.  

The Afghan Veterans Council “Samagat”. This organization includes 338 members living in the Issyk-Kul province of Kyrgyzstan. This organization also helps Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station disaster fighters and CIS peacemakers who participated in various ethnic conflicts after the collapse if the Soviet Union. Since 1989, when Soviet troops were removed from Afghanistan, 21 Afghan veterans – members of the Council died of wounds and diseases. The organization supports their families. The economic situation in the republic remains difficult and we gladly provided the Afghan Veterans Council “Samagat” with 10 boxes of children’s clothes, 18 boxes of women’s clothes, 10 boxes of men’s clothes, 5 boxes of men’s shoes and a walker.  

Psychoneurological social-medical establishment. This establishment is located in the town of Tokmok, about 100 km. far from Bishkek. 201 disabled people of different ages reside there, 64 of them are bed-ridden. From the OGT shipment, we provided them with 30 boxes of women’s clothes, 10 boxes of men’s clothes, 10 boxes of women’s shoes, 15 boxes of blankets and quilts and 3 shower chairs. 

Mission Emanual Receives Shipment
Last December, the Wisconsin Branch was able to ship a load to Mission Emanuel in Mercedes, TX. The shipment included 77 boxes of blankets and quilts, bed linens, 821 boxes of clothing, shoes and coats, 3,300 pounds of food, household items, furniture, hygiene items, medical equipment, bikes, toys and school supplies. Thank you to our donors for making this shipment possible.  (12-2015)

Loaded for Haiti
On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Wisconsin Branch loaded a shipment for Haiti. The inventory included blankets/quilts, linens, sleeping mats, pillowcase dresses, shoes, clothes, layette kits, 47,520 Mercy meals, 35,460 Outreach box meals, bath soap, hygiene kits, medical equipment, toys and school supplies. The hard working volunteers loaded more than 1,100 boxes and items. Thank you!  See the pictures below of the Wisconsin Branch volunteers loading this shipment.

Potatoes Donated
Minnesota North Collection Center in Morris, MN received four semi-trailer loads of potatoes, 40,000 pounds on each load, from JCP Potato Farm near Long Prairie, MN. Wisconsin Branch and the MN North Collection Center shipped the potatoes to various missionary places in Texas and Black Hawk, SD. What a wonderful commodity for people in need. Pictures are of loading the potatoes at the Wisconsin location.

Food and Supplies Shipped

Wisconsin Branch volunteers were busy yesterday loading a shipment for Mission Emanuel in Mercedes, TX. They loaded 288 boxes of clothes, 37 boxes of blankets/quilts, linens, 30,928 pounds of food, household items, furniture, medical supplies, bikes, children’s toys, school supplies and a sewing machine. What blessings to help those in need in the south.  (10-2015)

Volunteers Load Shipment for Overseas
Wisconsin Branch worked hard loading a shipment to Jurbarkas Evangelical Lutheran Parish in Jurbarkas, Lithuania. This load included 1,330 boxes/pieces of clothing, quilts/blankets, linens and medical equipment. Pictures are of the hard working volunteers loading the shipment.  (8-2015)

Humanitarian Aid shipped to Kyrgzstan
A shipment loaded at the Wisconsin Branch is in route to ‘Social Charity Fund Compassion’ in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  The inventory included 161 boxes of quilts/bed linens, 835 boxes of men's, women's and children’s winter clothing, shoes, and coats, canes, crutches, walkers, and a wheelchair.  What a wonderful shipment of blessings for families in need in Kyrgyzstan.  Pictured are the volunteers that loaded all the boxes and items. (April 8, 2015)

Inglesia Lutheran Church will recieve a shipment
Wisconsin Branch shipped a load to Inglesia Lutheran Church in Del Rio, Texas. The inventory included 15 boxes of quilts, 26 boxes of linens, 5 church pews, 590 boxes of clothes, coats, and shoes, household items, hygiene kits, medical equipment, bicycles, 89 boxes of toys, and 7 boxes of school supplies. What wonderful blessings for the church, families and children in need.  (January 2015)

Wisconsin Branch helps families for Christmas
Wisconsin Branch shipped a load to Iglesia Lutheran Church in Del Rio, Texas.   The shipment arrived on December 12 and was used to help celebrate Christmas.  The children and families enjoyed receiving clothing, shoes, quilts, toys, school supplies and backpacks, food, household furnishings, hygiene kits, and medical supplies.  Thank you to those that donated supplies and those that volunteered their time to sort and load the shipment.

Wisconsin branch ships overseas

Wisconsin Branch Ships Overseas
Wisconsin Branch shipped a container for Riga, Latvia on July 15, 2014. The volunteers were busy loading 1,221 boxes of clothing, pillowcase dresses, shoes, coats, blankets/quilts, bedding, hygiene kits, crutches, walkers, and commodes. These donations are such a blessing to the people in Latvia. Pictured are the volunteers loading the semi-trailer, thank you for your time and hard work.

Mission Emanuel to Receive Shipment
Wisconsin branch shipped a load to Mission Emanuel in Mercedes, TX on July 10, 2014. The inventory included school supplies and backpacks, toys, medical supplies and equipment, hygiene kits, household items, choir robes, clothing, sleeping mats and quilts. What a blessing for the recipients at Mission Emanuel.

Wisconsin Branch Shipped to Cornerstone Children's Ranch
Wisconsin branch shipped a load to Cornerstone Children’s Ranch in Quemado, TX on July 10, 2014. The inventory included school supplies, desks, toys, bikes, medical supplies and equipment, hygiene kits, food, household items, clothing, bedding and quilts. Thank you to the volunteers for their time and hard work.

Wisconsin Volunteers Load Shipment
Below is a picture of the Wisconsin volunteers loading a container on May 20, 2014 for Pampali, Latvia. (OGT 1388)   The inventory included clothing, coats, shoes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, bedding, blankets and quilts.


Wisconsin Branch Ships to Del Rio
Wisconsin OGT branch shipped a load to Del Rio, Texas on April 15, 2014.  The inventory included an office desk, 9 boxes of stuffed animals, 5 boxes of medical supplies, various household items and furniture, 9,603 lbs. of food, 73 boxes of men, women and children’s clothes and coats and 6 boxes of quilts. Thank you volunteers for all your hard work.  This is such a blessing for Del Rio.

Wisconsin Branch Ships to Mercedes, Texas
Wisconsin OGT Branch volunteers were very busy loading a shipment for Mercedes, Texas to ship April 2, 2014. The inventory included sewing supplies, 36 boxes of stuffed toys, 8 boxes of school supplies, 17 boxes of medical supplies, 18 bed mattresses, commodes, hygiene items, 69 boxes of household items, 463 boxes of men, women and children’s clothing and coats, 60 boxes of shoes, 34 boxes of bed linens and 21 boxes of quilts. That is a lot of wonderful items to help the people of Mercedes. Always a BIG thank you to the volunteers. Without you, OGT could not do what we do.

Kyrgyzstan Shipment
May 3, 2007
- Orphan Grain Train’s Wisconsin Regional Division makes numerous shipments of clothing and medical supplies to Kyrgyzstan and other countries and areas of need each year. The following photos are from one of the most recent shipments this spring.