Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2023

Together We Make A Difference
Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Orphan Grain Train is raising funds to help families that have lost everything in Maui.  Your gift will help purchase requested food and supplies along with costs for cargo shipments to Maui to help families devastated from one of the worst US fires in years.

Increase Your Impact with a Thrivent Match
Thrivent will match $1 for every $2 donated on Giving Tuesday.  In order to receive the match, donations must be made on Thrivent’s Giving platform or in-person at the Norfolk office on November 28th.

Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2023

We invite you to make an online donation or bring your donation to the Norfolk office between 10am – 2pm and enjoy:
Sweet treats from White Mulberry Bakery
Assemble a Hygiene Kit for someone in Maui
Watch OGT Story & tour facility & warehouse
              OGT Norfolk Office ~ 601 W. Phillip Ave. Norfolk, NE

All checks for MUST be dated November 28 with Giving Tuesday in the memo and be received on or before November 28 at Orphan Grain Train.
If mailed, please send to
P.O. Box 1466
Norfolk NE 68702

Orphan Grain Train has had two – 40 foot containers of purchased food and supplies distributed to hurting families.  These are costly shipments but are filled with needed food and supplies.  Our goal for Giving Tuesday is to raise $40,000.00 to help purchase more requested foods and supplies and with Thrivent’s One – Day Match of $20,000.00, which can go toward shipping costs.  The $60,000.00 would be a blessing to feeding and supplying many families living in uncertainty.

Will you help give Hope to many hurting families that have lost everything this
Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2023?
Together we can make a difference.

OGT received a ‘Thank you’ from Diane Wilson with Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lahaina.  She had this to say about shipment received and the continued need for the many families that have lost everything:
First, I can’t say enough good things about the Orphan Grain Train!  You have been incredibly generous and helpful!  You are making

 a difference for many on the island of Maui. The Wailuku Union Food Pantry our church supports has seen an increase in clients since the fires on August 8th.  Many families have taken in fire survivors and are needing help feeding everyone.  Your shipments have helped to fill their shelves! Thank you doesn’t seem like enough.  We appreciate and value your dedication.  So many relief groups have left Maui, but you continue to support our efforts to help survivors!  Mahalo nui loa!
    The director of the food pantry (Nanette Kwon) and the director of the Lahaina Distribution site both commented how happy they were to receive the tuna, spam, peanut butter, fruit, and soups.  Other items that would be helpful include bags of rice, Vienna sausage, chili, and cereal.  I work with the food pantry on much and these items are always requested by clients.
    Russell (husband) and I are working directly with the survivors to try and meet their needs.  Yesterday, one lady told us how she narrowly escaped the fires with her infant.  In fact, she had to live out of her car for a week with her baby before she could find help.  She was so thankful for all of the support she’s been given.  I could tell you story after story of the survivors. I know you aren’t able to see the people you help personally, but I can tell you they are thankful beyond words.

May God bless you then bless you some more!
Diane Wilson
Emmanuel Lutheran

*For every $2 donated to Orphan Grain Train through Thrivent’s online giving platform on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2023, Thrivent will match $1 up to an additional $20,000 per Thrivent Member Network. All donations in support of this fundraiser will be made through Thrivent Charitable Impact and Investing(R). Thrivent will pay up to $300,000 in online processing fees per calendar year for personal donations made through Thrivent’s online giving platform.
Photos are from distribution center in Maui.

Categories: Current Relief Efforts, Disaster Relief

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