Orphan Grain Train
Click Photo to Watch Powerful New Video About OGT
Orphan Grain Train Mid Atlantic Branch
And a Blessed New Year to all!!
2017 was quite a year for Orphan Grain Train. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the beginning of Orphan Grain Train ending up with a Celebratory Convention in Norfolk, NE, the site of its beginning and current headquarters. Also the Mid Atlantic Branch marked its 15th year in operation.
Our warehouse was sold and the new owners presented a challenge. They had a problem figuring out what to do with leaky roofs, inadequate fire prevention, and other problems. The overhead sprinkler system was not operating, and the fire marshal and inspectors wanted our section of the warehouse condemned, which it has been until improvements could be made.
We moved all of our “belongings” to another location in the warehouse complex which was dry, but had no heat or convenient bathroom. As in the past we are working through the challenges of operating a non-profit organization with no steady income. Our volunteers faithfully continue the sorting, packing and inventorying all of our items in spite of the difficulties.
During the above activities we were able to send a 40 ft. container to Tajikistan, which included Kids Against Hunger food, and cooperated in sending another 40 ft. container to Puerto Rico for disaster relief. Both of these shipments have been received and are being distributed to those in need in their respective areas.
A big THANK YOU to all who supported our efforts. The items and funds collected for the hurricane relief efforts was wonderful. Besides all of the cleaning supplies, tools and other items donated, over $4000 was donated and used to purchase shovels, rakes, brooms, paper towels, cleaning solutions and much more. We cooperated with the New England and Maryland Branches to fill and load the container bound for Puerto Rico.
To do all of these activities it takes people and funds, all provided by the grace of our loving God. Our grant matching fund raiser was enabled by two anonymous individuals giving the funds to be matched. After the contributions for disaster relief, we ventured out to raise funds for our total operation including rent, utilities, supplies and most important, shipping. Shipping domestically and internationally probably consumes about 75% of our expenses. We are very thankful to all of those who helped allowing the match to be about 160% of the grant. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
The New Year brings challenges of moving into a different warehouse and probable shipments to Haiti, the Philippines and other areas of need. We also will be working with disaster relief in Florida doing some coordination with Norfolk.
We wish to open on a number of Saturdays after we move into the new area, add to our Board of Directors and increase the number of volunteers at the warehouse. We may also add a “Collection Station” in up-state PA which will sort and pack clothing and bring the finished boxes to Wilmington for shipping.
We continue to ask for your prayers to have the good Lord guide us in the way that he wishes. And also to consider how you might become involved in the process of helping those in need worldwide. You may want to sort and pack at the Wilmington warehouse, join the Board to assist in management and direction, gather apple boxes for our shipping or just give us some ideas and a bit of time to do some special project. Ask God, He will tell you what to do!
To God alone be the glory.
Cliff Kraft 12/26/2017