Operation Compassion Celebrates Recording Breaking Year

By , January 29, 2004

When January 2003 rolled around, Operation Compassion was enjoying a record Christmas season. Little did the staff know that the flurry of activity that usually surrounds the holidays would continue throughout the entire year. From the very first day at work from holiday hiatus until the last semi was delivered in December, the staff of Operation Compassion combined to produce more ministry and ministry opportunities than ever in its history.

Throughout the world, in over twenty-five countries, and across the United States, Operation Compassion served approximately one million men, women and children life sustaining products. From sterile birthing packs in Haiti to building supplies in El Salvador to corn for the Native American reservations to school supplies for underprivileged children and inner city schools, Operation Compassion moved over 1,400 semi trucks and containers.

The ultimate breakthrough came in mid September when Operation Compassion was invited to participate in a faith based initiative grant through the USDA. The grant was awarded and semi trucks of non-fat milk began to roll into and out of O.C. warehouses, providing hundreds of thousands of pounds of milk to needy families and children across the U.S.

As Christmas rolled around, thousands of stockings stuffers and toys had been gathered for distribution through the Merry Christmas America distribution. Over 100 sites were selected and thousands of children from poverty areas of rural, suburban and urban America were given an opportunity for a Merry Christmas.

Now that there is time to reflect on the year of 2003, Operation Compassion handled some 56 million pounds of food, water, medical supplies, school supplies and books, blankets, building supplies and a variety of other products. While those products had a value of about $200 million, no amount of money could pay for the smiles and expressions of gratitude from some many people that would have gone without had Operation Compassion not been there.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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