After devastating natural disasters around the world, most notably multiple hurricanes, several local churches came together to raise money for relief efforts and chose the Orphan Grain Train to assist with dispersing the funds.
Organize in 1992, the Orphan Grain Train has sent nearly 3,000 semi-loads worldwide. One 40-foot ocean-going freight costs between $5,000-$19,000 to ship. The organization sent 208 shipments in 2016-17, including 107 to foreign countries.
The Orphan Grain Train sent more than 100 shipments domestically, which costs less in freight. The average cost to ship a box of donated goods is $11.
Besides raising money for freight, the organization has a large wish list for assistance, beginning with volunteers. As for supplies, they ask for cloth and disposable diapers, layettes and stuffed toys for infants.
They also seek medical equipment and supplies (bed and bath linens, sheets, disposable gowns and gloves, prosthetic limbs, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes). As for hygiene supplies, they ask for sanitary products for women, toothbrushes, towels, bar soap and combs.
School supplies are also needed, including backpacks, coloring books, crayons, new pens and pencils, writing paper, notebooks and sports equipment such as soccer balls.
Clothing is a common donation. They seek new underwear for all sizes and ages. Clean and wearable shoes, along with clothing.
For more information on donations, call 402-371-7393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To contribute by credit card, go to www.ogt.org.
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