OKLAHOMA – Recently, Operation Blessing teams in Moore, Okla., received a call requesting help for a family whose home was in danger of falling into a river swollen with rain and littered with debris from two massive tornadoes. The water had flooded the river’s banks and erosion soon claimed one outbuilding and threatened a barn and guest house. The main house was also at risk of collapsing. Continue reading The Cheesecake Factory “gives back” to aid tornado victims
GRANBURY, Texas – Jody Gettys, Director of Operation Blessing International’s US Disaster Relief, shows how volunteers are helping residents recover memories previously thought to be stolen by the tornado that ripped through Granbury. Continue reading Texas tornado victims recover memories
MOLI, Niger – It’s hard to imagine suddenly losing everything you own—especially when your livelihood and survival depends on it.
When floodwaters hit the village of Moli in Niger, families lost everything: their home, cattle, and crops.
To reach the village of Moli with aid, relief workers boarded wooden boats and crossed what appeared to be a muddy river—a valley flooded by the recent heavy rains. Continue reading Sowing seeds and reaping hope
FUKUSHIMA, Japan – When most parents are encouraging their children to go outside and play, families in Fukushima are suggesting the exact opposite.
Following the devastating tsunami in 2011, the community suffered another blow when the local nuclear power plant was crippled in the disaster. Among other things, concerns over radiation exposure kept children from being able to play outside for long periods of time. Continue reading Playtime in Fukushima
BREEZY POINT, NY – Three months ago, Barbara had seemingly lost it all. In mid-November, her Breezy Point home was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, leaving the 78-year-old feeling overwhelmed as to how she would ever rebuild. Continue reading “Army of compassion” gives cancer survivor an Extreme Blessing Home Makeover
BREEZY POINT, New York – Although New York winters are always difficult, this one has been devastating for the residents of Breezy Point. Months after Hurricane Sandy struck, so many people are still without water, electricity and necessities. But people like you continue to reach out with hope to those still suffering in such deep need. Continue reading Winter in Breezy Point: Still reaching out with hope
BREEZY POINT, NY – An elderly Breezy Point couple whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy received the surprise of their lives on Wednesday when staff and volunteers from the humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International present them with a newly-rebuilt home. Continue reading Extreme Blessing Home Makeover for Sandy-devastated couple
BREEZY POINT, NY – Operation Blessing linked arms with Breezy Point Co-op to make their annual Christmas Tree Lighting extra special and take it to the next level! This was the first traditional community gathering that has taken place since Superstorm Sandy devastated this community, making it especially memorable.
Operation Blessing constructed large tents l that we affectionately called “Santa’s Workshop.” All week OBI staff assembled shelves and stocked them with more than 3,000 toys that had been donated from all across America. Continue reading Christmas for a Sandy-devastated community
BREEZY POINT, New York – We had a wonderful day with the residents of Breezy Point hosting a beautiful Christmas lunch featuring The Irish Tenors. We made an extra effort to create an elegant and joyful atmosphere as we setup round banquet tables with white linens and red overlays, beautiful fresh floral Christmas centerpieces, and bottles of sparkling grape juice.
When the residents walked in and saw their community center decorated so elegantly and heard the Christmas music playing, they were overwhelmed with emotion to see something so beautiful created just for them. There were many tears of joy as they entered the first community gathering since Superstorm Sandy hit. Continue reading A Christmas celebration for Breezy Point
NEW YORK CITY – Breezy Point was hit hard by Sandy and the effects of the storm still remain. Operation Blessing is helping the community recover from the storm, but on Thanksgiving our teams traded in their tools to prepare and serve the residents a full Thanksgiving meal. Take a moment to see why these residents have one more reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Continue reading Watch: Thanksgiving feast for Sandy victims
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala – Within 24 hours of a destructive 7.4-magnitude quake in Guatemala, Operation Blessing teams are bringing critical relief to victims.
In the hard-hit province of San Marcos, teams are delivering food, water, medicine, and other emergency relief to victims. According to government reports, an estimated 17,000 people have been affected by the quake. Continue reading Relief for quake victims in Guatemala
NEW YORK CITY – After several grueling days of seeing the people of Manhattan struggle through horrific conditions: living in 25-story buildings with no elevators, no electricity, no water, no heat, and not even being able to flush their toilets…
After watching hundreds stand in lines in the cold for hours just to get to the 80,000 lbs of food, water, toiletries, and hygiene items Operation Blessing was giving out… Continue reading Lights come on in NYC!