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CVI Makes a Donation to The Samaritan’s Purse to Aid Recovery in New Jersey, Vermont and North Carolina

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September 10, 2011

Helping Storm Victims

Disaster relief teams are responding in New Jersey, Vermont, and North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Tony and Ann Giannini have lived for 45 years in their house in Wayne, New Jersey. They have experienced a lot of floods, but never anything like the deluge caused by Hurricane Irene.

Heavy rain from the storm caused the worst flooding in New Jersey since 1903. Rivers overflowed their banks, and floodwater inundated the Gianninis’ neighborhood. Their basement completely filled, and water came into their home.

“We’ve never seen it like this,” Ann said. “They’re calling it a 100-year flood. We didn’t think it would be this bad. We got up the day after the storm, and we were in the middle of a lake. I didn’t know if we could get out. It was a foot deep.”

Removing a Burden: A Samaritan’s Purse team helps a disabled veteran remove a tree from his roof

Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina on August 27, then wreaked havoc along the East Coast of the United States as it hugged the shoreline over the next few days.

Samaritan’s Purse responded throughout the East Coast, sending staff and volunteers to three states. Disaster Relief Units are stationed in Wayne, New Jersey; Rutland, Vermont; and New Bern, North Carolina.

Each day, volunteers are equipped with tools and supplies and head into neighborhoods to help people affected by the storm.

The teams remove unsalvageable belongings from homes and clean out debris and muck left from the floodwaters. They rip up ruined flooring and strip damaged sheetrock from walls, then spray the exposed studs with a solution that kills mold. The works saves homeowners thousands of dollars and gives them a chance to rebuild.

When the work is finished, our teams pray with the people we’ve helped and present them with a Bible signed by the volunteers who worked on their home.

Tony, 80, and Ann, 79, are among the hundreds of homeowners helped since we first deployed to North Carolina the day after the story.

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers removed ruined appliances and other belongings from their home, ripped up the flooring, and took out the damaged sheetrock. It saved the elderly couple thousands of dollars in repair bills.

“We were amazed,” Ann said. “I think it’s a Godsend. They are angels. I really mean it. I can’t believe people do this. They’re all so polite and loving. Unbelievable. They’re so kind. Just wonderful people. They leave their homes and do this. Without God, you wouldn’t be here. He sent you people here. These are beautiful people who do this. We’re so grateful.”

God is using Samaritan’s Purse to bring comfort to many storm victims like Tony and Ann.


In North Carolina, our staff and volunteers began removing downed trees and assisting homeowners the day after the storm made landfall. We are working in Craven County and adjacent Pamlico County.

Bertie County, about 70 miles north of New Bern, also sustained wind damage from Irene. Samaritan’s Purse was already there, conducting a home rebuilding project for people affected by devastating tornadoes in April. Our staff and volunteers switched gears from rebuilding to debris removal to help people affected by the latest storm.

Our teams began working in Vermont after the state was battered with up to 15 inches of rain. Communities experienced the worst floods in nearly a century. About 13 towns were cut off after roads were washed away, and had to rely on the National Guard to bring in supplies of food and water.

Rob Townshend, one of the pastors at Calvary Bible Church, our host church, grew up in the area. This is the first major flood he has seen since he can remember.

“What made this so catastrophic is that it is so out of the ordinary,” he said. “Nobody expected it.”

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

PRAY:

  • For the people impacted by the storm.
  • That our staff and volunteers would model the love of Christ as they work.
  • That God will be glorified through our work.
  • GIVE:

    Click here to help provide the resources for Samaritan’s Purse to respond.

    GET INVOLVED:

    We are scheduling volunteers to help with this response. Click here for more information and to sign up.

    CVI Makes a Corporate Gift to The Red Cross to Support Disaster Relief Efforts across Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia

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    Donors such as you make it possible for the American Red Cross to reach out with the capability and compassion that embraces those affected by disaster in their hour of need. We are deeply grateful.

    The Red Cross, a leader in disaster relief down the street, across the country and around the world, delivers community-based response with the expertise of a global network, bringing much needed relief and comfort to those devastated by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters.

    Thank you for your gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief that supports our work on the ground as well as the preparation that goes on year round. Whether it’s a single-family home fire in your community, tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods affecting thousands across the country, or global crises and disasters impacting millions, the Red Cross is prepared to deliver assistance as soon as it is needed.

    At the Red Cross, we understand the importance of being ready with stocks of food, shelter and cleanup supplies in key locations around the world. With a network of nearly 650 chapters nationwide and 186 societies around the globe, we can provide food, safe water and shelter along with emergency first aid and emotional support. In addition, we invest in communities to put plans in place in advance of a disaster to prevent further devastation.

    Thank you for your support of our mission. You’re helping us respond wherever disaster strikes. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. To learn more about your gift at work, please visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

    Vote for Bella, Roxy and Max and Help Support the Valley Humane Society Along with Joe Terry & Family

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    Joe Terry and Family have made a generous contribution to the Valley Humane Society to supports it’s efforts to raise $125,000 & keep their doors open to the community.

    “The Valley Humane Society serves it’s community utilizing the exceptional skills of more than 250 volunteers and a small staff (2 full time employees and 4 part time employees.) Our resources might be small, but we make a tremendous impact on those we serve.  The poor economy and the increase in demand for our services bring us to the point where we no longer have the funds to continue operating at our usual capacity.

    After 25 wonderful years in Pleasanton, Valley Humane Society has rescued thousands of animals. As an organization that receives no local, state, or federal funding we have always relied on community donations to survive.”

    To support Joe’s efforts please consider a donation  to VHS -or- cast your vote for their 2012 Calendar Contest and help raise money for this cause:

    Click Here>> Valley Humane Society 2012 Calendar Contest

    Vote for Bella #7, Roxy #40 and Max #61.  Each vote raises $1 for the shelter.

    As a sign of our appreciation and support, Corporate Visions has made a matching donation to the Valley Humane Society. 

    Claire Vaughan Makes a Donation to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation

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    The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) is the only organization dedicated solely to supporting children with cancer and their families in Northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra region. The Foundation was formed when Angel Kiss Foundation and Keaton Raphael Memorial (Reno Office) legally merged on September 1, 2009. By coming together, NNCCF continues to build on established programs and use donations even more effectively. NNCCF is a comprehensive resource organization providing financial and emotional assistance, advocacy, awareness and research funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped close to 350 families and provided over $1.3 million in direct financial assistance.

    To support Claire’s cause visit http://www.nvchildrenscancer.org/.

    As a sign of our appreciation and support, Corporate Visions has made a matching donation to the NNCCF.

    Jeannie Frantz Makes a Donation to Bridges to Prosperity

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    Jeannie has made a contribution to Bridges to Prosperity.

    Who We Are

    The most powerful thing we share with others less fortunate is knowledge. We do so by delivering practical knowledge that encourages the poor to lift themselves from poverty on their own. This empowerment of the poor is accomplished through our Community Bridge Building programs, which demonstrate how knowledge and training can fuel positive change in their lives. Community Bridge Building is an incredibly successful way to teach this lesson. For, bridges allow people to cross geographical barriers like rivers/gorges/mountains, thereby allowing access to schools, hospitals, and markets. It is no wonder the poor consider bridges ‘miracles’. But the true miracle is not the bridge itself, but rather the fundamental change in the hopes and dreams of those that we teach to build it.

     

    As a sign of our appreciation and support, Corporate Visions has made a matching donation to Bridges to Prosperity.

     

    To help support Jeannie’s cause search for Bridges to Prosperity at http://www.networkforgood.org/

    Mike & Carla Miller Donate Their Time to Higher Ground Summer Camp

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    My wife and I had the incredible opportunity to spend a week as camp counselors to kids aged 15-18 at Higher Ground Summer Camp in the gorgeous BlueRidge Mountains, just a few miles from Asheville, NC.  The camp is a non-denominational Christian Camp that takes 136 kids from all socio-economic statuses and backgrounds (inner city to the farms), takes them out of their natural day to day elements and comforts of life (no technology, no phones, no internet, no social media websites, no texting) and helps them begin laying the foundations to make better life choices and to start developing social and leadership skills.

    Through activities like water-polo, paintball,  climbing walls, archery, riflery, high ropes courses, low ropes and team building courses, arts and crafts along with a bunch of different sports they learn goal setting skills; the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship along with understanding how important it is to ‘play their positions’, accomplish their tasks and build trust and meaningful friendships.

    How do you know when you’ve got the formula for an incredible week of fun, learning and building lifetime memories?  Just 4 days after camp finished, next years camp has less than 10 spots available….that’s how badly kids want to get into and return to the Higher Ground Camp experience.

    Lessons I learned for the week:

    -           Camp is not for ‘old’ fat men…….(I’ll be working on the weight thing for next year) :)

    -           9 year olds can run circles around me in Capture the Flag

    -           Hitting me in Paint Ball wars, is like ‘throwing a bucket of wheat at a barn door’

    -          While it’s fun to ‘shake and bake’ in capture the flag – stay on your feet……..cause a broken rib or severely bruised ribs (whichever I have)….hurt like hell

    -          It’s amazing how much a person will open up and share their life with you at 2am in the morning when they know you care

    -          1 week of intense fun and learning can make a HUGE difference in the life a teenager

    It’s a week of magic and I can’t wait for 2012!!

    As a sign of our appreciation and support of Mike & Carla’s generosity, Corporate Visions has awarded Mike two paid volunteer days for the time spent with the kids at Higher Ground Summer Camp.

     

     

    Mike Finley Makes a Donation to The SMART Ride 8

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    In support of rider, Tamera Finley, Mike has made a generous contribution to this organization’s event taking place November 18-19, 2011.  The riders will bike 165 miles from Miami to Key West, Florida.

    The SMART Ride began as a dream to create a bicycle event where 100% of pledges raised could go back to the communities to be used for direct services. That was over eight years ago, and so far $2.6 million dollars have been raised. 100% has been given back to the communities we serve to assist with direct services for individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

    To help support Mike’s cause visit http://www.thesmartride.org/8/pledge/

    As a sign of our appreciation and support of Mike’s generosity, Corporate Visions has made a matching contribution to the SMART Ride 8 .