Operation Compassion Launches Compassion America

By , September 18, 2002

Operation compassion preparing for inner city food drop - Bronx, NY.

Operation compassion preparing for inner city food drop - Bronx, NY.

The summer of 2002 will go down as the dawning of a new era in reaching the poor and underprivileged of the inner cities in America. Compassion America was birthed as a systematic method for reaching targeted cities with food, clothing, school supplies and other necessary products to sustain families in need of assistance.

Operation Compassion has previously supplied the inner city within the confines of churches, organizations and agencies wanting to do a large, one-day event. By partnering with churches and organizations, Operation Compassion was able to fulfill a role in supplying much-needed products to the inner city. However, the main concern of this method was the certainty of the ongoing need and how it was to be supplied.

David Lorency with a worker from The Relief Bus in Bronx, NY.

David Lorency with a worker from The Relief Bus in Bronx, NY.

In consultation with leaders across America, the leadership of Operation Compassion developed a new strategic plan for impacting the inner cities. This new plan, Compassion America, not only provides for large events but also for an ongoing presence in meeting specific needs of inner cities.

Compassion America is the cornerstone for inner city relief efforts by empowering existing organizations and agencies to broaden their vision. Target cities across America, with host organizations, will incorporate their efforts under a banner of compassion. This unique partnership will allow the host organization and Operation Compassion to make a much larger impact than either one could on their own.

NYPD Officers unloading Operation Compassion truck during inner city food drop.

NYPD Officers unloading Operation Compassion truck during inner city food drop.

Compassion Atlanta, GA – Bruce Deel, Director, Compassion Indianapolis, IN – Ron Ragan, Director and Compassion Cincinnati, OH – Ron Martin, Director are the first among many Compassion America cities to begin the process of meeting the challenges of their inner cities. Each organization is similar in that they are reaching those that are in need of help and relief from their economic struggles. Yet, they are separate and distinct in their manner and method.

44th Precinct NYPD Officers with food for inner city families.

44th Precinct NYPD Officers with food for inner city families.

When asked about the possibilities of this new strategy, Dr. John D. Nichols, President of Operation Compassion stated, “For years, Operation Compassion has been searching for an ongoing strategy in regard to the inner cities of America. Now, we have one!” Dr. Nichols continued, “It is a marriage between Operation Compassion and successful, existing ministries, meeting their need to expand opportunities and our need to sustain relief to those who are hurting.”

David Lorency, International Field Representative for Operation Compassion, declared, “It’s a new day for inner city relief and Operation Compassion! Every day people are on the ground working to sustain relief efforts and alleviate suffering. Now Operation Compassion is there with them!” Mr. Lorency continued, “The day of hit and run opportunities for inner cities are over. Operation Compassion has a network of sustained efforts through Compassion America entities.”

As doors of opportunities open, Operation Compassion will empower and organize other Compassion America cities. The ultimate goal is to have host organizations in every inner city across America.

Tim Burdashaw
Communications Coordinator

Anyone interested in donating finances or products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President

114 Stuart Road, NE
Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 – Office
423.596.4200 – Fax

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