Earthquakes in Puerto Rico, Fires in Australia, & Tornadoes from Texas to Tennessee
When disaster strikes, there are many steps we need to take before determining whether or not it is feasible for Gleaning to respond. From the outside looking in, it might seem like a no-brainer: “disaster has happened … send help!”
However, while we all have the desire to help… there are several logistical details that need to be worked out first.
For example, we’ve gotten pretty good at collecting, sorting and shipping supplies to those in need… dare I say, we’re probably at expert level with this!
But when disaster strikes, our first step is to find a distribution partner— that is, a like-minded partner who will receive and distribute the items we ship—in the area affected by the storm. We have partners all over the world through our network, but it takes time to find someone in the right location (especially in an area we have not worked before) to help victims of each disaster.
Once we’ve confirmed a suitable partner, the second question we must ask them is, “can your facility accommodate a tractor trailer full of supplies, and the hundreds or thousands of people who will come to your location to receive help?” …Followed by questions like “How will you unload the supplies? Do you have adequate square footage to hold these supplies? Do you have a forklift? And, do you have people to help you run a successful distribution?”
Logistics: it’s what we do. In order for everything to run as smoothly on the supply distribution end as it does on our end, we want to make sure we know all the answers before we even embark on our disaster response.
I want you to know, we’ve been working hard over the last week. We’ve been doing extensive research, contacting current partners, reaching new partners, attending virtual meetings (every day) with other non-profits, and trying to determine if we can respond to any of the disasters I listed above… and if so, how. What is the greatest need? How can we help?
Stay tuned for more information about Puerto Rico, Australia, and the southern United States.
We’re evaluating each disaster carefully to determine the best role Gleaning can play as these catastrophic events unfold.
Please join us in praying for all those affected by these disasters, and please consider visiting our giving page for Disaster Relief to share a gift of any amount, which will help us prepare for out next disaster response. To find our giving page, simply click here.
In service and partnership,
President & COO
7539 Stage Rd
Concord, VA, 24538
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