Volunteer Events

Climb aboard the Orphan Grain Train
Are you involved with a community group, business, church, school or a group of friends that would like to spend a couple of hours or a day helping to sort, pack or load shipping containers to help the less fortunate?  Orphan Grain Train would love to have you be a part of our missions at any one of our 26 locations.  Please contact an OGT facility near you or contact the international office at 877-371-7393 for more information or to help at the Norfolk warehouse.  Orphan Grain Train would not exist if it wasn’t for the many volunteers that offer their time and talents.  Thank you for supporting the ministry and missions of Orphan Grain Train.


Working Together For The Sake Of Others
On August 2nd these ladies from St. John Lutheran Church in Columbus, NE brought 17 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Norfolk warehouse. These are so needed for children in the US and worldwide – Thank you!(8/2018)


Inspired at the OGT 25th Anniversary to Take Action
Rachel Jensen with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont, NE attended OGT’s 25th Anniversary convention last September. She was inspired from the convention speakers around the world sharing how the bikes from OGT were so needed. She decided to plan a Bicycle Drive and applied for a Thrivent Action Team and invited several local churches to donate bikes for OGT. Chuck Wilsey with Wilsey’s Wacky Wheels donated 30 bikes and local churches and residents gave bikes for a total of over 200 bikes! She also received $60 to go toward repair costs of the bikes. With the remaining seed money from the Thrivent Action Team, Rachel purchased two new bikes. Pictured is Rachel in front, then from L-R Ernie Hall, Remkea Oscander, Curt Warren and Dan Henschen – volunteers that helped with the Bicycle Drive. Thank you and what amazing gifts for those in need around the world.  (6/2018)


Staff Enjoy Fun and Fellowship Packing OGT Christmas Boxes
Karen Mangels, International Transportation Director and Chris Carstens, Inventory Manager organized a Thrivent Action Team event which included other OGT staff and family to make OGT Christmas Gift Boxes. Each staff member brought items for the gift boxes and the Thrivent seed money purchased additional needed items. It was a fun and rewarding project for all with tacos served afterwards. The Christmas Gift Boxes also include the story of Jesus’ birth to be shared with children around the world that may not have the ability to celebrate Christmas. If you are interested in doing a Christmas Gift Box project please call OGT toll free at 877-371-7393. The boxes need to be completed and delivered to an OGT location by September 1 for a Christmas delivery. Thank you for sharing the gift of Jesus with others.(5/2018)


36 Hygiene Kits from Hope High School in Kansas
This morning sophomore students at Hope High School in Hope, KS put together 36 hygiene kits for OGT! Emilee Morgan, a substitute teacher saw OGT’s request for Hygiene kits and planned for this event. She applied for a Thrivent Action Team event to purchase hygiene items. Thank you for supporting the missions of OGT!(5/2018)


Annual OGT Fish Feed in Le Mars, IA a Hit
Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, IA hosted their annual OGT Wisconsin Style Fish feed with red potatoes, pearl onions and soft-serve ice cream with homemade desserts. Once again it was a great time with food and fellowship shared with the community. The fundraiser brought in $12,348.00 for OGT missions! Grace Lutheran’s LWML group donated several quilts and baby quilts, blankets, towels, hygiene kits, school kits, sheets, comforters and shoes. We also received several other donations from people. It is always a fulfilling experience and we are grateful for the generous donations. Thank you!(5/2018)


To the Heart of OGT THANK YOU
April is National Volunteer Month and Norfolk warehouse celebrated our dedicated, compassionate volunteers by serving them lunch every day last week. It was a great opportunity to spend time in fellowship and say “You are the best and the heart of OGT! Thank you!”(4/2018)


Lindsay Holy Family Excited to Serve
Wednesday March 20th the Norfolk warehouse manager Doug Trampe and volunteer Bob Feddern traveled to Holy Family School in Lindsay for an OGT service project. Students grades 7 through 12 worked diligently sorting clothes by warm and cold seasons and then packing the clothes into OGT shipping boxes. The students were a delight to work with and energetic to serve Jesus by serving others in need.(3/2018)


200 Families Gather For Packing Event
What an awesome event at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE. Wednesday night almost 200 families gathered for a servant event to unpack, sort and repack clothing into OGT shipping boxes. They sorted into categories of summer and winter to be shipped to those in need. Thank you for having OGT mission as a part of your service project.(2/2018)


Hundreds of Youth Focused and Energized to Serve
LCMS Nebraska District Youth Gathering in Omaha, NE was a huge success for the students and OGT. This was an amazing gathering with hundreds of youth focused and energized to serve. OGT was involved with three of the servant events. Two of the events included students sorting clothes for winter and summer seasons and then packing the clothes into OGT boxes with labels. These two groups totaled about 375 students working hard to pack a total of about 1,700 boxes! These boxes of clothing will be shipped to children and families in need around the world. Another servant event included students bringing towels and washcloths to make hygiene kits with hygiene supplies donated by OGT. They then boxed those and prepared backpacks with school supplies donated from students. Another group of students helped to pack Mercy Meals which will be shipped by OGT to starving children in other countries. What an amazing group of students from all over Nebraska coming together for one cause; to help others in desperate need around the world, and all for the love of Jesus.(11/2017)


Norfolk Catholic Students Pack For OGT
Norfolk Catholic students were involved in a servant event for OGT. They unpacked boxes of donated recreational clothes and then packed them into labeled OGT boxes. They were eager, energetic kids having fun while serving the Lord. They were able to pack 720 boxes of clothing that will be shipped to those in need worldwide. Thank you for the tremendous help and enthusiasm!(11/2017)



OGT Abuzz With Youth From LHNE
OGT had another great group of students from Lutheran High Northeast School in Norfolk, NE volunteer for the day. This time the 11th and 12th graders sorted and packed boxes, put together storage shelves and other jobs needing done at OGT. What a blessing their talent and abilities to serve the Lord through OGT – who knows where or whom will receive the clothes they packed today. They also enjoyed pizza for lunch and learned more about the ministry of OGT.(10/2017)


LHNE 9th & 10th Grades Helped Out All Day
OGT was delighted and energized to have the help from 9th and 10th graders at Lutheran High Northeast School in Norfolk, NE. This group of 60 students came for the day to sort and pack clothing and help with other activities needing done. They enjoyed pizza, shaved ice, and cookies for lunch and learned more about the ministry of OGT. It was great to witness their ambition and smiles while serving the Lord. If you have a school or group that would like to plan a packing event, please call Terri at (402) 371-7393.(10/2017)


Local Business Lends Helping Hands
OGT had a great group of workers from Farm Credit Services of America sorting and packing clothes a couple of days in September at the Norfolk warehouse. They were able to volunteer and have a tour to learn more about the history and current missions of OGT.  We enjoyed having them be a part of the Orphan Grain Train mission. If your business, school or group would like to volunteer or have a tour please contact us at 877-371-7393.   (10/2017)

Energetic Nursing Students Packed 315 Boxes for OGT
The week of November 5th, two instructors and 39 students from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) of Nursing in Norfolk toured OGT’s national office and Norfolk warehouse. They also helped for the day by unpacking and sorting clothes and then packing the items into OGT shipping boxes with labels. This group was energetic and hard workers in an unheated warehouse with outside temperature in the mid-40s they were able to packed 9 pallets of 35 boxes per pallet which came to 315 boxes! Some of the students were in a different cold warehouse unloading a semi and making boxes for packing. They were truly an amazing group and a joy to work with. The students will be completing a bachelor’s degree for nursing in May! Congratulations and best wishes with your nursing career!(11/2018)