November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Newsletter, November 2019

We are just a few weeks away from the end of another decade and the start of 2020. I like the sound of that! 2020!

The first thing that comes to my mind is 20/20 vision.  For me, that’s something I left behind long ago (I’m thankful for contacts and glasses!), but having good vision means the world to each of us.  Our physical sight is critical in today’s world, but so is goal setting and forward thinking that we often call “vision.”

I can see an amazing 2020 for Gleaning because of the strong foundation we have built this year – a foundation that included new partnerships, new distributors, new donors and new strategic projects.  While Gleaning is often more visible during hurricanes and tornados and mass flooding, our work happens 24/7/365 in several areas.

Did you know that we have provided just over $9.7 million in humanitarian aid so far this year?  We have done that from our small warehouse in Concord because of friends like you.  Together, we have made an impact.

One of the most valuable products we ship is categorized as “medical supplies.”  Items like syringes, sutures, dressings, exam gloves, orthopedic supplies, to hospital beds, exam tables, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs mean so much to doctors and poor families in developing countries.

We have improved the quality of life for tens of thousands.  No doubt, our partnership with international hospitals, clinics and health centers have resulted in saved lives.  It’s something we should celebrate!

Did you know we have provided help in 18 countries and 12 states this year?  Yes, our work has taken us all over the globe.  For example, we expanded our outreach in Ghana, placing $487k in supplies to not only support established hospitals and clinics, but to also assist with the development of a new medical center. Our work there also included the expansion of ministries through schools, churches and orphanages.

As a result of the devastating Hurricane Dorian, we have placed $898,083 in humanitarian aid in the Bahamas.  In Central and Latin American countries, we have provided $6,334,991 in important aid to support rural health clinics to the poorest of the poor. Tropical weather, civil unrest, medical diseases related to tropical and infectious diseases all contribute to the need for ongoing relief support in these countries.

In the US, we went as far west as Washington State where we shipped more than 16,000 blankets to assist those struggling with homelessness, poverty and addiction.  Close to home, we placed $238,170 in supplies throughout Virginia and North Carolina — helping families in need, veterans, (even shelter pets!) with nonperishable food, water, blankets and personal care items.

As a result of significant storms in the US (flooding, hurricanes and tropical storms), we placed $1,424,995 in disaster aid into Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas.

As the needs developed and as you responded, we were able to help hurting families in critical parts of our world.

Did you know that our heart beats to help children?   We shipped over $205k in gifts to hurting kids this year. Tens of thousands of items – which included, dolls, games, action figures, children’s reading books, coloring books and crayons, baseballs, softballs, bouncy balls, bicycles and 25,000 stuffed animals!

Our world’s children are the future and we place a high value on helping the most vulnerable among us.

Did you know our team of volunteers sewed, assembled and delivered 1,551 WINGS kits to young women in 11 countries in the first ten months of 2019?  And, we expect to send an additional 790 kits by December 31st!

We are empowering women and providing a practical solution to a challenging problem.  Our team of volunteers is incredible and they have a passion to make a real difference…and they are!

I could go on and on and on…but these are just a few of the projects we have been working on in 2019.  I’m so thankful for everyone who has contributed in one way or the other.  It is truly a team effort!

As we move into a special time of year with family and friends, I ask you to consider helping us finish 2019 strong.  We have been expending resources at a rapid rate.  We need your financial support to keep the goodwill going.

Perhaps you want to make a significant contribution on behalf of a loved one.  Perhaps you want to bless others because of the way you have been blessed this calendar year.  Perhaps you just want to give of yourself so others will be encouraged?

Whatever your desire, I ask you to considering Gleaning For The World this holiday season.  We will use every dollar wisely and efficiently to do the most good.

I look forward to hearing from you this month!

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

Our Latest Posts

Because of generous supporters like you, Gleaning has been able to provide six hundred and eighty-four million dollars’ worth of supplies for people in need since 1998! Our mission continues, and we still need your support. Will you consider giving a year-end gift to GFTW.org/donate or mailing a check to PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538? We rely on donations to be able to help more people in 2020!
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Will you make a difference with us this giving season? Whether we are responding to disaster or helping those less fortunate, your donation makes it possible to share God's love with those in need. Please consider making a year-end gift to Gleaning For The World. Together, we can make a difference! ...

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When you give to Gleaning, you're making a difference in the lives of people who are facing devastating circumstances. You are helping the grandmother who just lost her home because of a tornado, or a family of 7 living in a one room building in Africa with only a blanket as a door. You're providing medical supplies for make-shift hospitals in some of the poorest villages on earth. When you give to Gleaning - you make a difference. Has God been prompting you to give this year? Donations can be made by pressing the red Donate button online at GFTW.org/donate, or by calling us at 434-993-3600 (eastern time, 9am to 5pm). Year-end giving checks can be mailed to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. Thank you for joining us in making a difference! ...

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Contact Us

7539 Stage Rd
Concord, VA, 24538

(434) 993-3600

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Gleaning For The World, Inc., is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible under this status.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Newsletter, October 2019

Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our  technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable.

–Diane Ackerman

Since the devastating Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas just weeks ago, a humanitarian crisis has enveloped this nation less than 100 miles from Florida.  We have been working with our distribution partners to get help and aid into the hands of hurting families.

There are an estimated 70,000 people in need of shelter and food right now!

We’ve loaded nine planes, three 40-foot shipping containers, and one tractor trailer that was transferred onto a barge — all headed to the Bahamas.  Much has been done, but the needs are far greater and our work must continue.

Can you envision how overwhelming it must be for those families who are now homeless, without electricity – searching for drinking water, food and temporary shelter?  They need medicine, diapers for their babies, hygiene kits and so much more.

At the same time, there are North Carolinians who are still dealing with flooding and extensive damage from Dorian’s impact.  We’ve sent one tractor-trailer load of basic supplies and supporting shipments to North Carolina to help the people on the coast.  Yet, more is needed.

And, what about Texas?

Tropical Storm Imelda dropped an average four feet of rainwater on several cities in Texas, leaving people stranded in shelters for many days afterward. We were already responding to Dorian in the Bahamas and North Carolina, and our staff of 11 was stretched thin, but I just had to do something to help the good people of Texas too!

That’s how it goes when you work in disaster relief.  You’ve heard it said that “when it rains, it pours.”  Well, from September through November, we see how true that statement is…literally!

Anyone who says they’re not afraid at the time of a hurricane is either a fool or a liar, or a little bit of both. 

–Anderson Cooper

If you been fortunate to have never experienced such a natural disaster, you should stop and thank God for His protection.  It is hard to put into words the extreme realities that occur following these types of devastating storms.  Often times, life is never the same for those impacted.

When we can extend a hand of encouragement – a bottle of water, a meal, a blanket – it can be just enough to keep hope alive.  With emotions high and stress levels off the charts, every little thing we do makes a huge impact.

Would you join with us to bring hope and encouragement to some very discouraged people?

It’s our busy season at Gleaning.  That’s why, right now, we need your support more than ever! We have to pay shipping costs to receive donated items here in our warehouse and we are also responsible for making sure the invoices for these shipments to Texas, North Carolina and the Bahamas get paid.

There are a few ways you can give:

–Online at www.GFTW.org/donate

–Call our office during business hours at 434-993-3600 to give by phone

–Mail a check to Gleaning at PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538

We’ve been given an opportunity to make a difference.  If you feel led to join us, do it today. Don’t delay.  People need help how.

PS:  Thank you for your partnership in ministry by serving as the hands and feet of Jesus!  I’m praying God will reward you for your financial sacrifice in helping those who are facing the greatest challenge of their life.  Every gift matters.

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

Our Latest Posts

Because of generous supporters like you, Gleaning has been able to provide six hundred and eighty-four million dollars’ worth of supplies for people in need since 1998! Our mission continues, and we still need your support. Will you consider giving a year-end gift to GFTW.org/donate or mailing a check to PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538? We rely on donations to be able to help more people in 2020!
#nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #disasterrelief #humanitarianaid #yearendgiving
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Will you make a difference with us this giving season? Whether we are responding to disaster or helping those less fortunate, your donation makes it possible to share God's love with those in need. Please consider making a year-end gift to Gleaning For The World. Together, we can make a difference! ...

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When you give to Gleaning, you're making a difference in the lives of people who are facing devastating circumstances. You are helping the grandmother who just lost her home because of a tornado, or a family of 7 living in a one room building in Africa with only a blanket as a door. You're providing medical supplies for make-shift hospitals in some of the poorest villages on earth. When you give to Gleaning - you make a difference. Has God been prompting you to give this year? Donations can be made by pressing the red Donate button online at GFTW.org/donate, or by calling us at 434-993-3600 (eastern time, 9am to 5pm). Year-end giving checks can be mailed to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. Thank you for joining us in making a difference! ...

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Contact Us

7539 Stage Rd
Concord, VA, 24538

(434) 993-3600

Send Us A Message

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Gleaning For The World, Inc., is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible under this status.