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Rev. Ron Davidson
President and Founder

Rev. Ron Davidson has been the President of Gleaning For The World since its inception in 1998. Over the years his work has led to helping millions of people with critical aid, as well as, introduced tens of thousands to Christ.

Harvey and Irma

Their names will not soon be forgotten.  Harvey and Irma.  Yes, two of the most powerful hurricanes to ever strike American soil. In the 19 years I have worked disasters around the world, I have never seen such destruction.  Harvey would dump record amounts of rain on Houston – causing flooding beyond anything anyone could imagine.  And, while we were placing tractor-trailer loads of drinking water, bedding, Bibles and personal care products in Texas, I...
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Our Founder Ron Davidson

From humble beginnings, Ron Davidson, was led by God to create and operate an international humanitarian aid organization focused on sharing the love of Christ to those in need. With an innovative business model that is recognized repeatedly by Forbes Magazine, Gleaning has the ability to respond to a disaster within hours of the first strike. Take a moment to watch the video below and hear first hand the amazing story of “the most efficient...
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There are many fellow Americans who need a miracle today.

Some people say miracles don’t happen today.  I wish they could spend a few days in my chair!! I’ve spoken many times from Matthew 14:13 where Jesus was in the wilderness and the people gathered to hear him.  As the day grew late, the people were hungry and McDonalds was closed.  (I hope that made you smile. –haha–) The disciples approached Jesus to see what He wanted them to do and He told them to...
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The Undeniable need for our WINGS program

Our WINGS program has impacted more than 3,500 women’s lives around the world.  From Asia to Africa, the need for these hygiene kits is undeniable.  Gleaning has an intern from Ethiopia named Birhane Teklewold who is actively working in this special program.  She was so excited to get involved because she knew the impact these kits could have on women’s lives in her home country. Take a moment to watch a brief video about her...
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Thousands Of Hurting Families Are Counting On You

There is a worldwide refugee crisis.  Currently, there are more refugees than at any point in history.  A shocking 65 million people have been forced from their homes due to violence, prejudice, famine or drought.  Many Americans have joined with us to support these international families. Here are three opportunities for you to join with us to make an impact today: Syria and Iraq ISIS (The Islamic State) is on the run in Mosul (Iraq)...
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From The Desk of Ron Davidson

I’ve traveled all over the world and I’ve seen things most Americans would not want to see. The level of poverty…the physical abuse…men working 12-hour days making just $2 a day…women in their 40’s not able to stand up straight because they worked so many hours in the fields…simply horrible living conditions caused by corrupt governments… In many countries, 5% of the people have 95% of the wealth. Much of that wealth has been accumulated...
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Helping Veterans

VETERANS These men and women have made a great personal sacrifice over the decades to secure our national safety and freedom. They gave years of their lives, gave up time with their families, lost friends and loved ones and received lifelong injuries – both physical and emotional. There are many of these American warriors now living with short-term and long-term disabilities. They do not have the resources to purchase every day personal care items that...
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ANNOUNCING: Central Virginia Cares

We are proud to announce a BRAND NEW INITIATIVE…Central Virginia Cares.  This program will extend a helping hand to hurting families in our community. Thousands of hardworking families in Central and Southwest Virginia are struggling to make ends meet.  They quietly rely on food pantries, churches and soup kitchens during the fourth week of each month to feed their families.  They shop at second hand stores and accept hand-me-downs from friends and relatives to clothe...
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Twenty-Four Disasters in 2017

As we approach the halfway mark of 2017, we can report to you that there have been twenty-four significant natural disasters so far this year.  You may not have heard of them. You may have noticed that the news media is VERY preoccupied with other topics.  When disasters strike, we know people are overwhelmed with the desire to help.  However, tens of thousands of American families have been impacted by these natural disasters and, because...
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Critical Moment

We hope you have taken a few minutes to read our annual report that we sent out last week.  We are so proud of our donors, volunteers and team at Gleaning.  Together, we are making a real difference in people’s lives! 2016 was an amazing year of hard work and sacrifice and the first half of 2017 has been just as busy.  This is a critical time for Gleaning and we need to reach hurting...
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God has provided Gleaning as a way to make a difference

It was 1998.  After 27 years of pastoring churches throughout Virginia, my wife and I decided that we needed to do something to make life easier for the poor, homeless and suffering.  Little did we know the small nonprofit we started that year would become a major first-class organization that today impacts hurting people all over the globe. Yes, Gleaning For The World has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid over the...
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ISIS: Growing in Strength in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, is quickly becoming a new battleground for ISIS (The Islamic State) allied groups. Just this week, 103 people were killed in the city of Marawi as fighting broke out between ISIS and government forces. Throughout the city, the black and white flags of ISIS fly in support of this terrorist militia. The government has reacted by declaring temporary martial law and is fighting these monsters. Thousands of...
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Committed To Israel

President Trump was in Israel now reaffirming the long-standing commitment to the United States’ most steadfast ally in the Middle East. It has been 69 years since the State of Israel was founded, and in that time they have faced a near constant threat of war and terrorism. Right now, 31 countries do not recognize the State of Israel. They are a small nation of only seven million people (roughly the same size as the...
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Faithful Grounds Coffee Bar

A few weeks ago, we received a note that really caught our attention.  The note read: “Our daughter had a coffee bar at our church selling coffee and hot chocolate at worship services and raised this money.” – Faithful Grounds Coffee Bar. Our staff reads each comment that comes with donations, and this was one we hadn’t seen before. So we contacted Bev (the lady who made the donation) to ask for a few details...
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Standing With Israel

The State of Israel celebrates its 69th birthday this month!  It was established in 1948. I was not alive that day, but I have read with great interest what this meant to the Jewish people following World War II.  After the horrors of the holocaust, these families were finally able to return to their homeland. Perhaps no other group of people on this planet has suffered like the Jewish people.  They are still hated by...
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Helping Persecuted Christians

One thing so often overlooked in the war in Iraq and Syria is the treatment of Christians.  Before the war, Christians were a protected minority in Syria.  Now they are a targeted by terrorists who want to eliminate followers of Christ. There are more than one million Christians in Iraq and Syria who face oppression and violence on a daily basis.  Tens of thousands have fled to the protection of refugee camps, where we and...
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Partnering In The Congo

Here is an update about this exciting project.     After a sixteen year absence, Emmanuel Ntibonara returned to his home country – The Democratic Republic of Congo – and was moved by the level of poverty he witnessed.  Since then, he has been on a mission to help Congolese natives by providing impoverished men, women and children with shoes.  His efforts have gathered some national attention.  Partnering with Gleaning For The World, Emmanuel intends...
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From The Desk Of Ron Davidson

Be careful what you pray for…you might very well get it! Have you heard this statement before? I’ve heard it many times in my 67 years of life, but I experienced it dramatically last month. You may be aware that three weeks ago Gleaning received a donation of two tractor-trailer loads of milk and Minute Maid orange juice – which equated to roughly 264,000 servings. Because of expiration dates, we had less than three days...
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Milk & Juice Impact

Families Benefiting From Your Generosity Over the last few weeks, we have been able to distribute milk and juice to hurting families in our own community (Central and Southwest Virginia).  This is an incredibly unique project because milk and juice are not items that are regularly available to families who rely on food banks, pantries, soup kitchens and churches. Now many of you may be thinking, “Why are milk and juice such a big deal?”...
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Helping the Homeless

It is bitter cold! Today, as I stepped outside, the wind sent an immediate shiver over my entire body. In the Northeast, the snow is up to twenty inches with blizzard like conditions. Spring starts in just a few days and it will be welcomed. Suppose you were living in an abandoned building.  The only heat you have is a small fire and the only food came from a dumpster. Suppose you lived in those...
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Georgia Tornado Testimonial

An EF-3 tornado tore a mile-wide path through Albany, Georgia.  This January tornado was on the ground for just over an hour.  Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged in this city of 75,000 residents.  A large part of Albany was without power for a week as power crews traveled from all over Georgia to repair the local power grid. We responded immediately – providing more than 120,000 bottles of clean drinking water...
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Georgia Tornado

TORNADO: Relief Supplies To The Southeast Thank you! Your partnership allows us to help the hurting We are impacting lives in Georgia and Mississippi after the deadly tornadoes. Your partnership makes it possible for us to respond to the tornado outbreak in the southeast.  We are currently assisting hurting families and alleviating suffering in cities and towns that were impacted by the widespread devastation. As you may have seen in the news, nearly 30 tornadoes...
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Matching Challenge

What an incredible year! While the presidential election consumed much of America’s energy and attention in 2016, I found myself in the middle of a daily flood of humanitarian relief projects. From where I sit, 2016 will go on record as the busiest year ever since Gleaning began in 1998. It all started with refugees fleeing war-torn Syria – migrating to other Middle Eastern countries and even into Europe. These middle class families had to...
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A Thank You From Families You’ve Helped This Year

This has been an incredible year for Gleaning! In this year of epic natural disasters, you have lifted the hopes and spirits of so many who were impacted by natural disasters. Many of them have wanted to turn around and say thank you to those of you who have given in their time of need. HURRICANE MATTHEW “Thank you for everything that you’re doing to help us. I cannot imagine facing this without your support....
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Thank you for allowing me to live out the vision God has given me.

There’s a note on my desk that my eyes scan across about a dozen times every day. Actually, not a day passes that it doesn’t cause me to pause and double-check my decisions. On an average day, I’m making hundreds of decisions – some bigger than others. Do we respond to this humanitarian crisis? Do we help this community rebuild after a natural disaster? Do we work with this corporate partner to obtain food? Do...
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Outreach At Home And Across The World

This year we have been responding to natural disasters across the United States. However, we have not let our outreach to our local community and across the world slow down. Let us share with you a few of the initiatives we have going on during this week alone! Feeding Our Neighbors Our volunteers are packing up 40,000+ pounds of potatoes to place in low income areas of Lynchburg and the surrounding areas. Did you know...
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Recognized By Congress

Gleaning For The World was officially recognized by The United States Congress for our dedication and service. It official record reads: In addition, Gleaning For The World was presented with an American flag which was flown in our honor over the U.S. Capitol building on September 15, 2016.  We are deeply honored by Rep. Robert Hurt (VA-5) and The United States Congress’s recognition for our dedication to alleviating suffering at home and around the world.

Visiting Families Impacted By Flooding

Roy St. John, Gleaning’s disaster coordinator, was on the ground within hours after the storm had slammed Louisiana.  Through our daily communication, he told me about the heartbreaking conditions in which these families were living.  He compared the extensive damage to Hurricane Katrina. Entire neighborhoods are gone.  Thousands living in shelters.  Enormous suffering.  I knew I needed to be there. Once I arrived, Roy showed me one community after another and the scene was the same...
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Empowering Rwandan Women

In Rwanda, discussing feminine hygiene is taboo. This leaves young women unaware and confused about what is happening to their bodies. Nearly 20% of young women in Rwanda miss school each month because of their monthly cycle, making it harder to complete their education. A monthly supply of disposable products cost more than what most employed women make in two days. Women are often the sole bread winner, forcing them to choose between feeding their...
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Touching Lives Of Those Impacted By Disasters

In places like Louisiana, where floodwaters are forcing 40,000 families from their homes, your support helps provide food and water to suffering families,  blankets and personal care items to shelters housing the displaced, and supplies to the affected families so they can get back on their feet after the disaster.  There are so many in need. In a natural disaster, every donation is turned into supplies which make an impact on peoples’ lives. Just before...
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Gleaning’s 18th Anniversary

We celebrated our 18th birthday in July! I can’t believe it’s been nearly two decades since I left the pastoral ministry and started Gleaning For The World. I will never forget how scared I was when I left the safety of the church to venture out to start a small non-profit organization that would help hurting families in Central Virginia. We expected to distribute one or two tractor-trailer loads of supplies each year and have...
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RECOVERY: West Virginia

Continuing Relief In WV In the immediate aftermath of the devastating floods in West Virginia, we provided food and water to families who lost their homes.  We equipped clean-up crews with gloves and cleaning supplies to help remove rubble.  Our efforts have been greatly appreciated by everyone who was impacted by the flooding.  The recovery process has moved into a new phase. The Rebuilding Has Begun This is a critical time.  Many of the affected...
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From the Desk Of Ron Davidson

I grew up on a 200-acre farm near Lynchburg, Virginia where my Christian parents taught us to share what we raised with the people in our community who did not have adequate food. It was an innocent time where doing good unto others was expected, and even though we heard stories that people were hungry in foreign countries, it was never part of our daily experience. It was a great life and I thank God...
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Aid To West Virginia

Yesterday (June 30th) I was in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia handing out supplies, meeting with the National Guard and visiting the people impacted by the flood. I have been all over the world and this is truly one of the worst disasters I have seen. I met a young lady named Kim. I ask that you keep Kim and her family in your prayers. We spoke briefly, making small talk and then I asked...
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The Battle For Fallujah

Update From The Middle East If you have followed the recent news, you may have seen that allied forces have been fighting ISIS in Fallujah.  They are making significant inroads to fully recapture the city.  US Coalition forces have been able to retake one-third of the city from ISIS.  Many families who were being forced to remain in the city as a civilian shields for ISIS are now free and have fled the city. Our...
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MISSION RWANDA: Empowering 500+ women

Most of you have probably heard about our WINGS program.  This program is designed to help young women, who do not have access to feminine hygiene products, to have a sustainable option for their natural monthly cycle.  These women face discrimination and live with superstition regarding normal biology. A few examples are: Nearly 25% of girls in Uganda drop out because they cannot attend school during this time of the month and they are unable...
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Breaking Poverty

When you read about all the disasters we respond to and the work we do to help those third world countries in the midst of severe poverty, you might wonder if our efforts are just placing Band-Aids on bigger problems.  Fully aware that some humanitarian aid organizations fall into that cycle, I want to assure you that Gleaning does everything it does based on a strategy to empower people so they can begin to produce...
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Nepal One Year Later

A little over a year ago, Nepal was devastated by massive earthquakes.  It left more than 8,000 dead and 21,000 injured.  We were able to respond immediately through our partners in the region.  Our partner churches were establishing tent cities and bringing families into the church for shelter.  They were providing tents, food, water and comfort. What has been your impact through Gleaning For The World? Feeding The Masses In the Lalitpur district of Nepal,...
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Relief For Families Fleeing Boko Haram

2 Years Later, Kidnapped Girl Found Two years ago, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria.  The terrorists justified their actions by claiming that young women should not be in school and they should be married.  Many of these innocent girls were then sold off to militants and jihadists as slaves with a price of $12.50. Since then, less than 60 of these young women have been able...
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Lifted Out Of Poverty

What good can 148,500 candles do for impoverished families in a Central American community?  At first glance, you might think they provide light to communities which do not have electricity.  That’s what most people think.  However, these candles offer so much more! When this gift of 148,500 candles came to Gleaning For The World, we received special permission to use these candles to help families create their own small businesses.  Basically, we package the candles...
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Making A Difference In Disasters

Have you ever been at the point where you were scared to pick up the phone — knowing that the next call could be bad news? That feeling of dread is pretty powerful. All of us have faced that feeling at one time or another. At Gleaning For The World, this situation is more common than you may think. The level of suffering in our world can be overwhelming at times with the increased occurrence...
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Houston Flooding Update

If you have been following the news and our work recently, you will know that we have been responding to the massive flooding in Houston, Texas.  We have been responding for several weeks and have been able to provide more than $1.4 Million in critical relief to families in need. We want to take a moment to share with you a few of the families’ stories during this crisis.  These are families we have been...
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HOUSTON FLOODING: Continuing Outreach

The Houston area has been hit again with massive flooding.  It was only a few weeks ago when Texas and Louisiana suffered through a record level of flooding.  That flood was so high that it covered major bridges and closed major interstate routes.  Now,  Houston has been hit again and more rain is coming.  More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed and the storm has caused more than $5 Billion in damages.  The current flood...
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APPOMATTOX: Tornado Relief

I want to thank you for supporting the people of Appomattox County after the tornado in February displaced so many people. We can report that the immediate needs have been met, every person who has needed housing, food or counseling to deal with the trauma has received support. Every person who has needed legal help has received pro bono legal assistance. To our knowledge, no one has gone without the support to help them return...
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When Our Work Gets Personal

There are times when the work of Gleaning For The World becomes just a bit more personal. For example, last week my mother fell and broke her hip. Fortunately, we have a local hospital here that has provided excellent care. The orthopedic surgeon was beyond belief and I’m happy to report to you that my mom is now in physical therapy. I was reminded again of the privilege you and I share. We live in...
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Changing Women’s Lives

It warms my heart to know that the dedicated volunteers are Gleaning For The World who create our amazing WINGS kits are able to touch so many lives.  If you do not know about this program, you can read about Our WING Program By Clicking Here. These kits literally change lives.  It gives women who lack access to feminine hygiene a chance to live a normal life.  If enjoy sewing, have a group a friends...
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Shocking Katrina Level Flooding

It is astonishing.  So many disaster have happened here locally and across the country in such a short time. Gleaning For The World continues to receive multiple requests to assist with the recent tragic flooding in the southeastern United States.  This storm hit hard — forcing the National Guard to rescue 3,300 stranded people in dangerous rising waters.  As of today, nearly 6,000 families have been evacuated and are currently living in temporary shelters. According...
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Helping Families Impacted By Tornadoes

If you have been following our relief efforts recently, you know that we have been providing ongoing relief to families in Appomattox, Evergreen and Pamplin, Virginia.  These areas were hit by a devastating EF-3 tornado which damaged or destroyed nearly 100 homes. While this storm effected many families locally, it was actually part of a larger storm system which affected hundreds of families from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. One particularly hard-hit area was Convent, Louisiana. An...
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Appomattox Assistance

Last week, Central Virginia came out in multitudes to support families of Pamplin, Appomattox and Evergreen who were affected by the EF-3 tornado.  They donated 15 TONS of food, water, cleaning supplies, paper products and more.  It was an incredible turnout! On Thursday, March 3, our staff and volunteers took these much needed supplies to the distribution center at Evergreen Baptist Church.  Families came by to pick up the supplies they needed.  Volunteers also sorted...
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Appomattox Tornado

As an EF-3 tornado tore through the communities of Appomattox, Pamplin, and Evergreen, Virginia, we knew there was going to be an enormous need.  How did we know?  Gleaning For The World’s office is located just ten minutes away from where the tornado touched down.  When the tornado alarms sounded, staff and volunteers had to seek cover in our emergency storm shelters. Once the storm passed, staff immediately sprang into action.  Several residents were injured,...
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Feeding Our Neighbors

There are 146,770 people in Central and Western Virginia who, because of their income, do not have access to consistent and quality food!  What is even more shocking is that 53,000 of these individuals are children. What do we do when we are faced with these overwhelming numbers?  We act!  Several times a year our volunteers come into Gleaning’s warehouse and pack fresh vegetables to place in local community food pantries and food banks.  Next...
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