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Causes: Christianity, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, International Relief, Religion

Mission: Provide christian humanitarian relief

Results: Since 1992, Orphan Grain Train's 24 regional locations have delivered more than 10 million meals and 2,650 shipments of humanitarian aid to needy people in various states and 66 countries on 5 continents. An additional 330 semi-loads of hay and forage products were delivered in 2002-03 to drought-stricken farmers in the Midwest during Operation Hay and Grain Lift. In 2014, Orphan Grain Train built a mobile chapel with help from a grant funded by LCMS Disater Relief division for St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger, NE after their church as demolished by a F4 tornado. The mission of Orphan Grain Train is uniquely dependent upon dedicated volunteers, many of whom have given numerous years of service for the sake of others. Since 1992, more than 3.5 million hours have been volunteered!

Target demographics: Orphan Grain Train is a 501c3 Nonprofit Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2015-2016 One hundred forty-eight full shipments of relief supplies shipped to countries around the world this year. Fifty-eight semi-loads went to domestic locations and ninety- 40 ft. (or larger) shipping containers, went to destinations overseas. Clothing, school supplies and medical supplies, and nearly 4.6 million servings of rice/soy meals and over 211,000 pounds of edible beans shipped to destitute people in the United States and countries around the world. The total number of countries served by Orphan Grain Train now stands at 64. Twenty-six states have received disaster relief and humanitarian aid.

Geographic areas served: Internationally and Domestically

Programs: Volunteers throughout the u. S. A. "climb aboard orphan grain train using their own vehicles, time and effort. Donated clean clothing and medical supplies are carefully sorted and packed in boxes at regional warehouses across america. Each year more than 200 semi-trailer loads of these supplies as well as food, blankets, tools, equipment, and bibles are shipped where most needed in america and over 100 semi-trailer loads are shipped around the world for humanitarian relief. They are distributed to churches, hospitals, orphanages, prisons, and schools.

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Rating: 5

In a world filled with charities and "would be charities" (that exist to feed the charity's executives), Orphan Grain Train is an incredible example of the proper way to run a charity. Our large church supports one charity per month with a donation and our stewardship committee has yet to find another charity that puts 96+% of its donations toward programs!

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