On April 16, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador. Soon thereafter, Giving Children Hope’s partner requested items such as food, water, diapers, and vitamins. Giving Children Hope announced how the public could help and we were amazed. An overwhelming number of donations from corporations and individuals showed up on our doorstep.
On Wednesday April 27, the warehouse filled with 150 passionate individuals willing to serve those in Ecuador. Sean Lawrence, Executive Director, said, “We’ve responded to many major natural disasters but we’ve never experienced a community coming together like they are for Ecuador. It’s really special.” Volunteers helped to sort medical supplies, fold clothing, and sort through hygiene products and food going to Ecuador. Each person that entered the doors showed such a desire to get to work and help in any way they could.
Giving Children Hope has sent two 40-foot shipping containers to Ecuador and because of the amount of donations that have come in will be sending a two more this coming Monday. A relief team left on Saturday to plan out distributions with our partners on the ground in Ecuador. The team brought with them bags of medical supplies that were given to a clinic that has seen over 500 patients since the earthquake. Prayers for safe traveling as our Ecuador disaster relief team serves those in need.
Thank you to all who have donated, prayed, and supported the Ecuadorian people!
To donate www.givingchildrenhope.org/ecuador
Sean Lawrence in Ecuador. The photo (above) shows a field that was flat before the earthquake.