The Cleveland-based humanitarian and disaster relief organization Operation Compassion has shipped five barges of relief-aid products to areas in the Bahamas ravaged last week by Hurricane …
The Cleveland-based humanitarian and disaster relief organization Operation Compassion has shipped five barges of relief-aid products to areas in the Bahamas ravaged last week by Hurricane Dorian.
“In coordination with our network of relief partners, we have five barges scheduled to deliver a total of 100 cargo containers filled with relief-aid products such as generators, blessing buckets, tools and equipment, water, food and other critically needed help,” the organization announced on its Facebook page.
The Category 5 storm stalled over the Bahamas for two days, destroying nearly everything in its path. According to media reports, 48 people were killed during the storm, although the death toll is expected to rise. Dorian slammed into the Abaco Islands on Sept. 1, before moving on the devastate Grand Bahamas.
The organization’s president of operations, David Lorency, told the Cleveland Daily Banner last week that agencies and nonprofits from Miami to Virginia were organizing deliveries of supples.
“We have sites set up, and they are ready for our deliveries,” Lorency said. “We are ready to go.”
The barges began shipping Saturday.
“Utilizing cargo container barges, helicopters and even planes, we are pulling out all the stops to help,” OC's Facebook post stated.
Each barge carries 20 containers, all of which are 40 feet long.
The organization will also operate a barge which will travel from harbor to harbor providing food to residents in remote areas, according to OC’s website.
Another relief organization, Mercy Chefs, will be providing a 53-foot trailer full of frozen food, a custom cooking unit able to serve 5,000 meals per day and a water purification unit.
OC will also be providing aid to areas in the United States affected by Dorian.
Last year, the organization shipped 28 tractor-trailers of relief products to North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
The organization has been headquartered in Cleveland for 18 years and operates a 120,000-square-foot warehouse located on Stuart Road, as well as other cities. The organization provides disaster relief in 54 countries and 40 states. It is a 501 (c)(3) organization.
Operation Compassion was established in association with the Cleveland-based Church of God International Offices. Although it is now an independent organization, Lorency said the church remains supportive of the relief organization’s efforts.
Those wanting to make donations to the organization may send a check or money order by mail to: Operation Compassion 114 Stuart Road N.E., Cleveland TN 37312.
Donations may also be made by visiting the following link: https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=12901.
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