"A life's value is not determined by its duration, but by its donation." - Corrie ten Boom
Did you know your purchase helps feed the hungry and provides disaster relief here in America?
Studies show that 1 in 5 American children live in poverty, and 1 in 6 Americans are going hungry. That's why a portion of all sales goes to Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force, which has distributed ONE BILLION pounds of food and relief supplies, helping the lives of more than 249 million hurting people in all 50 states and in more than 105 countries, since its inception in 1992.
In fact, Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force delivers over 2 million pounds of food and supplies every week to financially hard-hit areas across the US, and your purchase helps make it happen!
Last year alone, Operation Blessing's Hunger Strike Force traveled 1.8 million miles, delivering over 80 million pounds of food and relief aid, supplementing nearly 50 million meals, and you helped!
For more information on what Operation Blessing is doing here in the US, click here.
QUICK FACTS - FEBRUARY 2014
Medical Missions: 1,646 - People Helped: 548,832
Wells/Cisterns: 1,302 - People Helped: 398,748
Medical Missions: 21,986 - People Helped: 8,538,065
Wells/Cisterns: 14,499 - People Helped: 5,759,438
Operation Blessing strives to alleviate suffering in the short term and break cycles of suffering in the long term.
A portion of every order helps to provide massive quantities of food, clean drinking water, free medicine and medical services, and an array of disaster relief services.
TORNADOES: As recently as January of this year, tornadoes struck areas of the South, and OBI rushed relief within hours to victims of the storms in North Carolina. To many thousands of families in 2011, headline after headline of disasters set records in America for deadly tornadoes--striking in greater numbers, frequency, and intensity, and leaving grieving victims in their wake. OBI reached out to ravaged areas of Virginia, Alabama, and Missouri, providing survivors and rescue crews with hot meals, debris cleanup, and earth moving equipment and power saws to clear fallen trees and storm debris.
HURRICANES: When Hurricane Irene struck in 2011, OBI offered food and clean up for nearby families and was appointed to manage all hurricane volunteers. OBI was also a first responder on Hatteras Island, one of only a few groups allowed in. In a devastated coastal community, where at least 90% of the homes were water-damaged, you helped provide hot meals, debris cleanup, a laundry facility for residents, and lent a hand to help islanders rebuild. One woman, who started to cry when she saw the OBI team arrive, said: "When you see Operation Blessing, you feel instant hope. Everything is going to be okay."
TSUNAMIS: In the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude quake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan, you helped provide more than 100 tons of emergency relief; free eye exams and glasses to nearly 2,000 patients; and over $600,000 worth of generators, nets, and fishing equipment. You helped to restore Japan's fishing industry by supplying 46 boats, while also giving jobs to unemployed American boat builders, as they build 20 more boats for Japanese fisherman.
FAMINES: Your order helped starving Kenyan families suffering from famine due to one of the worst droughts in 60 years. In partnership with IsraAID, 33 tons of rice and 1,000 blankets were distributed. In northern Kenya, hungry families were given 14 tons of maize.
SOUTH SUDAN: Families living in the crossfire of political unrest were delivered $400,000 in medical supplies and malaria medicine. Truckloads of blankets, tents, mosquito nets, food, and other relief aid was supplied to refugee families seeking shelter. Emergency health kits including anti-parasite medicine were provided to field medical clinics, which can treat 20,000 people were distributed. South Sudan's largest hospital also received a chlorine generator able to disinfect 360,000 gallons of water daily.
EARTHQUAKES: The people of Haiti continue to recover from the 7.0 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and left more than a million homeless. Still, two years later, OBI, through your help, is still there working non-stop on relief and development projects to help alleviate the suffering and poverty.
OBI also helps educate illiterate children, teach job skills to orphans, provide seed money for micro-enterprise projects, and fight disease.
Operation Blessing also enjoys one of the lowest overhead factors in the industry and has been given a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.
Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing International (OBI) has helped more than 249 million people in all 50 states and more than 105 countries, providing goods and services valued at over $2 billion.
OBI's U.S. disaster relief team responded to seven national disasters last year, including floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
OBI was one of the few agencies allowed into Myanmar after the 2008 cyclone, providing two tons of rice for more than 1,000 families, free medical care to about 10,000 victims, and clean drinking water to thousands.
Since its launch in 2006, OBI's anti-parasite campaign has provided medication to more than 19.5 million people in Latin America.
In 2008, OBI was ranked as one of "America's 200 Largest Charities," as well as one of "America's Most Efficient Charities" by Forbes magazine.
OBI's Hunger Strike Force celebrated a major milestone in January 2009, delivering more than one billion pounds of food and relief products since the program's inception in 1992.
"Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day."
- Isaiah 58:10
To learn more about Operation Blessing and its major impact here in America, as well as internationally, click here.