March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

Newsletter, March 2021

“Thanks for all your wonderful work helping so many people in the name of Jesus Christ.” 

“I want to express our appreciation for your tremendous assistance — providing food for the individuals we serve.”

“It is such a blessing to see so many people who care and are doing what they are able in order to help hurting families!”

We share these words of appreciation with you because they are meant for you!  Yes, we receive kind notes and phone calls here in Concord, but it is because of our partnership together that so many people are receiving help every day.

As 2020 rolled into 2021, Gleaning hasn’t missed a beat!  We are continuing to fulfill our mission to share the love of God at home and around the world.

Every season in the calendar year is a busy one for our joint work together.  This is truly a 365 days-a-year ministry! 

As you know, there are many different causes of suffering:

*Disasters caused by nature – hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and fires.

*Disasters caused by human infliction – war, aggression, violence and hate.

Each produces innocent victims:  Individuals, Families, Children, Elderly – whose lives are suddenly and dramatically affected. And, most likely, forever.  They may lose loved ones, lose homes, suffer personal injuries, move into shelters or have to relocate to an entirely different country.

Where there is human suffering — whatever form it may take and whatever the cause — there are loving individuals who want to help, to ease the pain, to share the burden and to bring hope.

Hearing the heartfelt requests for help from our humanitarian partner organizations is what drives us to walk out our mission every day.

*Medical supplies and equipment that need to be sorted, inventoried and packed for medical clinics serving the poorest of the poor.

*Sewing and assembling reusable hygiene kits in order for young girls to be able to attend school and receive an education.

*Gathering clothing, blankets, personal care items, basic household and other essential supplies so our international shipping containers and US-bound tractor trailers are filled with supplies for our partners to distribute to those facing a crisis.

Everyday our team of employees and volunteers work hand-in-hand to meet the demands.  We could not do that without your financial partnership.

This year is starting out as a busy one with humanitarian aid supplies on the way to Lebanon (working with our Christian partners we’re still responding to the major port blast that occurred last summer in Beirut leaving 300,000 people homeless, and a city in shreds), Nigeria, Haiti, Jordan, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and Guyana. While here in our backyard we are responding to our local community with food, blankets and water.  Nationally, with the recent severe weather we are working with partners in Tennessee and Texas to deliver truckloads of drinking water and blankets.

Thank you for your investment of prayer and finances into the work of Gleaning.  You have my commitment that for as long as you desire to provide hope and healing to the hurting, we will continue to press forward as the hands and feet of Jesus.  The needs are great, but together, with God’s blessing, we can continue to do incredible work.

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

PS:  I hope you will stand with us in ministry again this month.  Every dollar you give is vital to our work together.

Our Latest Posts

Our Gleaning partners distribute humanitarian aid supplies all over the world.

In many countries (especially in the poorest villages on earth) children don't attend school, women are not treated with equality, and the rights and freedoms we have in the United States are simply unheard of.

We are blessed to live in this great nation, and we are thankful for all of our military members and police personnel who work, every day, to keep us safe.

We hope you have a fun and blessed Independence Day.
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Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.
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Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.
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February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

Newsletter, February 2021

How’s your vision?  At the start of 2020, so much was said about “20/20 Vision” – having the vision to see ahead, to picture the future, to successfully lead through another year.  Looking back, who could have possibly foreseen the events we witnessed last year? 

At this time 12 months ago, Gleaning was moving into all-hands on deck mode – a year that began with changes, adjustments and modifications.  Despite the unpredictable circumstances, we did what was required to stay true to our core mission:

To share the love of God at home and around the world through the efficient delivery of high-quality lifesaving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation by connecting corporate surplus to critical needs.

During the early weeks of the pandemic, the availability of corporate product donations changed significantly.  Supply chain disruptions and our normal product donations through long-established partnerships were dramatically reduced or placed on hold indefinitely. 

Yet, as this huge challenge emerged, God provided a new avenue!  Brand new opportunities materialized – allowed Gleaning to continue to have a strong presence in delivering humanitarian aid at such a critical time.

Through our local, national and international network of partners, we were able to distribute:

  • Millions of masks and other critical pieces of protective equipment to hospitals, nursing homes and first responders across multiple states and countries.
  • Thousands of toys and books to children struggling with “stay at home” impact.
  • A single-year record-breaking 48,233 stuffed animals.
  • More than 50 tractor trailer loads of food.
  • Nearly 20 tractor trailer loads of disaster relief supplies during one of the most active hurricane seasons on record.
  • International humanitarian aid valued at over $10,000,000 to partners in 13 countries. 
  • Hundreds of sustainable feminine hygiene kits – sewn and assembled to reach school age girls through new partners in Tanzania and the Fiji Islands.

 

 In all, more than $16,000,000 in humanitarian aid relief supplies were distributed in 2020.  May God receive all the glory!

For me personally, it was a year like none other; I’m glad it’s over.  Maybe you are like me – you don’t always “see” with perfect clarity exactly what’s unfolding when you are going thru a trial. Perhaps you’re too busy just trying to get through it.  Yet, by taking time to reflect, by using hindsight, valuable lessons can be revealed — allowing us to grow in important new ways.  It takes time to reflect on what’s happened. And, of course, a willingness.

By far, the biggest lesson for me?  I had to learn to lean fully on God. And to trust Him. While I prayed for His help every single day, I couldn’t see, with absolute clarity everything that would impact the work at Gleaning.  But looking back at 2020, taking time to reflect and allowing Him to show me the year “in review,” I now see that everything unfolded just as it should. I’m amazed and in awe.

Your commitment to Gleaning was significant and kept our doors open and our team operational.  We could not have accomplished all that we did without our faithful partners.

Our staff prays daily – for our donors, our volunteers, our receiving partners and the individuals, families and communities that desperately need our help. We know we need God to lead, guide and direct us.

So, what challenges will 2021 present to us? In a world that’s in chaos, turmoil and confusion, our vision is clear and remains constant:  To share the love of God at home and around the world through the efficient delivery of high-quality, lifesaving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation by connecting corporate surplus to critical need.

 We are passionate about our work – our mission – and we know you are too.  And with your support, together, we can continue to help the least among us.

Your financial gifts are critical to our work. I hope to hear from you this month.

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

Our Latest Posts

Our Gleaning partners distribute humanitarian aid supplies all over the world.

In many countries (especially in the poorest villages on earth) children don't attend school, women are not treated with equality, and the rights and freedoms we have in the United States are simply unheard of.

We are blessed to live in this great nation, and we are thankful for all of our military members and police personnel who work, every day, to keep us safe.

We hope you have a fun and blessed Independence Day.
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Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.
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Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.
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April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Newsletter, April 2020

It seems, on many levels, our world has been turned upside down.  Many things we had taken for granted are now uncertain.  And, our daily routines are no more.

That has certainly been the case for me and our Gleaning For The World team. Yet, through it all, we stand firm and committed to making a real and lasting difference in these days of turmoil.

Even as the Coronavirus was emerging overseas, we were actively responding to those impacted by the devastating tornados in Tennessee.  We placed two tractor trailer loads of supplies in Cookeville valued at $140,260.  These loads consisted of:

  • Nonperishable Food and Snacks
  • Personal Care and Hygiene Products
  • Kitchen and Household Items – Plates Cups, Cutlery, Storage Containers, Trash Bags and Storage Bags
  • Paper Products – Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins and Tissues
  • Baby Supply – Baby Food, Diapers, Wipes, Creams and Lotion
  • Pet Food, Liter and Treats
  • Gatorade and Healthy Juices

Our work in Tennessee is ongoing.

As the Coronavirus hit the radar weeks ago, we began shipping critical supplies to medical facilities, including:

  • Hospitals, First Responders and EMT’s, Nursing Homes, Mental Health, Social Workers, Hospice nurses and Feeding Shelters.
  • We have distributed Protective Coveralls, Gloves, 3-Ply Face Masks and N95 Masks. In all, we have shipped more than 5.5 million masks and PPE!

Our work in this global crisis continues and will for some time. In addition to our international assistance, we have provided medical supplies to partners in VA, NC, PA, NY, NJ, IL and CA.

Meanwhile, although not nearly as visible right now, our ongoing humanitarian aid efforts continue as many are facing the hardships of natural and man-made disasters around the globe.  The trials of life continue, even as everyone is focused on the pandemic.

Your partnership is vital to us and we do not take it for granted.  While some become more conservative in their financial giving during uncertain times, I can assure you that the one place you should continue to consider supporting is Gleaning For The World.

I can say that boldly because I see firsthand the work that is done every day out of our humble warehouses in Concord, VA.  Our team of volunteers, staff and product partners are busy helping others.

Yes, we are following all the safety guidelines and government restrictions as they evolve, however, we are continuing to receive, prepare and ship critical products where they are needed most.

And, as we each celebrate the meaning of Easter in our hearts, may you experience life in a new way this month.  May it be the birth of a new era for you – a fresh start!

Thank you for your commitment to helping others who are less fortunate than yourselves. I am praying that, together, we will meet the challenge once again.

If our team can be of assistance to you in any way, please let us know.  We are praying that God will do an amazing work through our efforts this month, and beyond!

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

Our Latest Posts

Our Gleaning partners distribute humanitarian aid supplies all over the world.

In many countries (especially in the poorest villages on earth) children don't attend school, women are not treated with equality, and the rights and freedoms we have in the United States are simply unheard of.

We are blessed to live in this great nation, and we are thankful for all of our military members and police personnel who work, every day, to keep us safe.

We hope you have a fun and blessed Independence Day.
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Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.
...

Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.
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Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Do You Consider Yourself A Goal Setter?

At Gleaning, our team believes that setting and tracking goals plays an important part in reaching goals. We believe this also helps us do our very best to accomplish them.

Sometimes, we surpass our goal with flying colors; other times, we do not fare so well… but our efforts are always one hundred percent …and even when we don’t fully reach a goal – people are served and God’s love is shared in the process! And that’s what it’s all about, really. 

Last week, I mentioned Proverbs 29:18, which says, “where there is no vision, the people perish…”

It’s true in business, it’s true at church, and it’s true in the nonprofit world! For us, each January is filled with goal setting activities – staff discussions around our strengths and weaknesses, evaluating our team’s past performance, identifying areas for improvement – all for the purpose of setting and successfully reaching our goals in the new year.

This January is no different! We’ve been working hard to determine how Gleaning can grow in 2020!

In 2019, we delivered $11,866,607 worth of supplies to God’s children who were hurting, desperate, and in need. That’s nearly 12 million dollars! How cool is that!?

This year, we want to reach more: More cities; more nonprofit organizations; more people… and more hearts!

If you haven’t already prayed about it, will you ask God if He wants you to set a goal to become a Gleaning monthly partner? On our donation page, you can give by card or e-check (which saves credit card fees for non-profits!) You can also set up an automatic recurring donation on the date you choose each month.

We have an exciting year ahead!

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

Our Latest Posts

Our Gleaning partners distribute humanitarian aid supplies all over the world.

In many countries (especially in the poorest villages on earth) children don't attend school, women are not treated with equality, and the rights and freedoms we have in the United States are simply unheard of.

We are blessed to live in this great nation, and we are thankful for all of our military members and police personnel who work, every day, to keep us safe.

We hope you have a fun and blessed Independence Day.
...

Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.
...

Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.
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How Gleaning Works

How Gleaning Works

Gleaning For The World 

Aren’t you grateful for the charities who work tirelessly to help those in need? Whether providing food for the homeless, helping families re-build after a devastating natural disaster or helping children succeed in school… the list of worthy charitable organizations is remarkable!

Gleaning partners with many such organizations here at home, across the nation, and around the world. We help organizations who need diapers for babies, clothing for refugees, and food for the homeless. We provide the supplies, so they can focus on being the hands and feet of Jesus to their neighbors in need.

Just last week, we were able to deliver 100 family-size Christmas dinners through our local network of partners in Lynchburg, VA – who, in turn, distributed them to families in need.

In recent weeks, working with our international partnerships, we have supplied humanitarian aid to Venezuela, Ghana, and Nigeria. During a busy season, we realized we had sent our 3,800th shipment (since 1998)!  It was a full tractor trailer load of supplies headed to Whiteville, North Carolina, to our partner helping with area individuals and families struggling in the aftermaths of not one, not two, but three Hurricanes!

God created a unique ministry when he created Gleaning For The World. Because of our many different programs, we have the flexibility to partner with many different organizations who meet many different types of needs. 

God knows what his children need, and how those needs can be met. We’re blessed to be part of his plan, and we’re in awe of the miracles we see happen all the time!

Remember, we are only able to operate this ministry because of financial donations from supporters like you. There are just a few days left to give your 2019 tax-deductible gift this year.

Will you consider giving a year-end gift to Gleaning, ensuring that we are able to share God’s love with even more partners and people in need in 2020? Click here to donate online, or you can mail a check to PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538.  Your gift, big or small, will make a huge difference. 

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

Our Latest Posts

Our Gleaning partners distribute humanitarian aid supplies all over the world.

In many countries (especially in the poorest villages on earth) children don't attend school, women are not treated with equality, and the rights and freedoms we have in the United States are simply unheard of.

We are blessed to live in this great nation, and we are thankful for all of our military members and police personnel who work, every day, to keep us safe.

We hope you have a fun and blessed Independence Day.
...

Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.
...

Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.
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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

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Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.
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Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.
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