August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. How do you plan on making a difference? This day helps us mark a time to reflect on the struggles of others around the world and to think about the change we can influence when we all work together as a Forever family.
Maynor Aragon is an outcome of the mission of Rise Against Hunger to change the lives of people who have suffered from hunger and economic struggle. He is a young man filled with gratitude, hope and aspirations. He is a young man who after meeting him during the Global Rally 2018 in Dallas, Texas, changes your view on how simple volunteer operations can make a huge impact.
Traveling nearly 1500 miles from Texas to New York, a truckload filled with Forever Natural Spring Water and Forever Fast Break nutritional bars donated by Forever Giving is en-route to one of the hardest stricken areas in New York by Hurricane Sandy. The supplies will be dispersed among 200 American Red Cross emergency response vehicles that are beginning to circulate through some communities; distributing meals, water and snacks to the millions of people who have been displaced by the natural disaster. With access into many areas still difficult, Forever Giving teamed up with Forever Living to gain the FEMA clearance needed to deliver the supplies to the areas in which American Red Cross needs them the most.
“We’re mobilizing more disaster workers, response vehicles and relief supplies now,” said Charley Shimanski, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross response is already very large and could be our biggest U.S. disaster response in the past five years. It will be very costly and we need the public’s help.”
In addition to the relief supplies donated, a significant financial contribution was made to the American Red Cross today by Forever Giving to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the disaster.
“Following the devastating storm, many of our colleagues have been without power for the past few days throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas,” said Gregg Maughan, President of Forever Living Products International. “By partnering with Forever Giving to support the American Red Cross, we are able to join their efforts to provide immediate assistance to the millions of Americans who really need it.”
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Forever Giving is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States whose mission is to partner with charitable organizations that share its passion for improving the human experience. Forever Giving specifically focuses on making a difference throughout the world by providing funds, facilities, and education to help fight against poverty, hunger, and the lack of medical services available for children. The foundation also supports relief efforts in response to natural disasters in the areas in which it operates and in its donor communities.
Forever Living Products
Forever Living Products and its affiliates are the largest growers, manufacturers and distributors of aloe vera in the world. From its aloe plantations to its world-class manufacturing plants and state-of-the-art distribution facilities, Forever Living is 100% vertically integrated; delivering the highest quality aloe based health and beauty products through a supply chain it refers to as Plant to Product to You. A multi-billion dollar business that spans the globe, Forever employs over 10,000 people worldwide, provides numerous income opportunities to more than 10 million Distributors in over 150 countries and touches millions of households.
American Red Cross
Founded in 1981, the American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas of: disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, lifesaving blood, health and safety services, and international services.
The first of five brand new air conditioning units sponsored by Forever Giving was installed this past week in one of the homes that Save the Family Foundation of Arizona operates as temporary housing units for homeless, working poor families. Replacing an extremely inefficient unit that was over 20 years old and in constant need of repair, the new A/C unit will provide huge savings on energy costs and do a much better job of keeping the house cool; providing a comfortable living environment for not only the family currently living there, but the many families that will be occupying the house in the future.
The purchase and installation of this unit was made possible by a donation Forever Giving made to Save the Family in August, a portion of which would sponsor the purchase of five new a/c units that will serve over 20 families over the course of 15 years.
It’s always incredible to see the generous support of our donors in action. “Thank you all so much for the amazing gift you gave us in August and all it will do for our families!" - Tim Lidster, Community Outreach Manager for Save the Family.
Homelessness is one of the leading adversities facing children and families in the U.S. today. The national statistics are disheartening:
These figures made an incredible impression on all of us at Forever Giving as we began seeking ways we could assist our local community. One particular organization that stood out for their work in battling this epidemic was Save the Family Foundation of Arizona. For more than 20 years, Save the Family has helped over 10,000 homeless children and their parents rebuild their lives. They carry out their mission to “empower families to conquer homelessness and achieve life-long independence” by providing homeless, working poor families with temporary housing, job placement and life skills training.
In 1989, Save the Family housed its first four families in their transitional living program. This program provides homeless families with temporary housing and rehabilitative services for nine months. One very special part of this program is a walk through their Dynamic Way – this is a special hallway where homeless families, who often own just the clothes on their backs, can stock up on supplies such as clothing, kitchenware, toiletries and toys before moving into their temporary home.
Save the Family now places almost 300 families a year in over 191 temporary housing units across the Phoenix valley. Maintaining these units requires quite a bit of cost, and that’s where Forever Giving recognized a need and stepped in to help.
Anyone who has ever experienced a summer day in Arizona can appreciate the importance of having a well air-conditioned place you can escape to in order to beat the heat. With the average life span of an air conditioner being only 15 years and over 191 units for Save the Family to operate, many of the existing air conditioners in their housing units are in dire need of repair and replacement. Forever Giving has partnered with Save the Family to sponsor the purchase and installation of 5 brand new air conditioning units, which will provide 400 homeless children and their parents with relief from the scorching summer heat of the desert.
Another significant operational expense for Save the Family is the cost of beds for their housing units. To aid with this expense, Forever Giving has provided funds for the purchase of 40 full-size bed units which, for some children, will be the very first bed they have ever slept in.
These efforts would not have been possible without the support of the many generous Distributors of Forever Living Products who funded this project. We asked their Chairman & CEO, Rex Maughan, and his lovely wife, Ruth, to present the check to Save the Family at Forever Living’s recent Super Rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon receiving the check, Save the Family’s Community Outreach Manager, Tim Lidster, stated all of our appreciation to Forever Living the best when he said “Thanks to you all for making this possible.”
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It was not even a typhoon with a name. Instead, it was ravaging monsoon rains which hit the Philippines early last week that left Metro Manila and the nearby provinces maimed - an addition to the already long list of economic and political challenges the striving Southeast Asian nation is currently facing. The aftermath was a devastating scene of widespread flooding and landslides, of missing victims and rising death toll, and of thousands of Filipinos losing roofs above their heads, as their homes and everything else they had were swept away in an instant.
The news of flooding in Manila reached Forever Giving early in the week from our friend and partner, Rosalio Valenzuela, Country Manager of Forever Living Products Philippines. A brief note from Rosalio that Manila had been hit with some flooding and that operations would be closed for the day quickly unraveled to express that the “flood is rising, similar to two years ago” and that “rivers and dams have also overflowed, affecting the nearby cities in Manila.”
As the week wore on and news worsened of the nonstop rain, Forever Giving began seeking the quickest way to provide assistance directly to the hardest hit areas and immediately responded with a financial contribution to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), a premier humanitarian organization in the country. With this and donations from other companies, organizations and generous individuals, the PRC launched numerous relief operations for flood-stricken families, assisting in the rescue and evacuation of affected Filipinos, and distributing basic commodities and hot meals to those in various evacuation centers. Rubber boats, ambulances, trucks and amphibians were also deployed to advance ongoing rescue operations. This is in addition to the hygiene promotion conducted in areas where families are temporarily sheltered and the welfare desks, which are positioned to provide psychological support to evacuees.
Thank you to the staff and Distributors of Forever Living Products Philippines for their help in the coordination of this project and to the thousands of Forever Living Distributors worldwide whom support Forever Giving for being part of this greater advocacy. It is heartwarming to see people of different nationalities come together in times like these, lending one another a hand and sharing each other’s burdens no matter where they live in the world.
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There are roughly 150 children whose learning processes will be enhanced from a donation by Forever Giving of new computers equipped with special education software. A camera and video projector were included to help record and review their progression along with art supplies for activities. Thanks to the support from our distributors, Forever Giving was able to make a significant donation to help pay for these supplies. Forever Living Products Country Manager JB Amichia, presented the donation in an emotional ceremony organized by the center’s staff and children.
"With this donation, Forever Giving is helping us parents and staff to give the opportunity to our disabled kids to develop at their level, their talent in a sound and joyful environment,” said Dr. Anne Marie Dem, president of the Association for the Reintegration of Children-La Page Blanche.
Once again, a special thank you to our generous distributors for making this donation possible!
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Lagos, Nigeria - Forever Giving recently broke ground on its newest project, its first in Nigeria, where the non-profit organization has partnered with Little Saints Orphanage to assist with much-needed repairs to two branches of their facility.
Renovations are underway to repair the boys and girls dormitories in the Lagos neighborhoods of Akowonjo and Abule Egba. Projects include the construction of a new brick partition to prevent rain from flooding their kitchen area and the complete roof and ceiling replacement of their multipurpose hall, which has been leaking for months. Through the donation made by Forever Giving, Little Saints will also be able to purchase four new charcoal cookers, twenty new wardrobes for the boys dormitory and 200 chairs for their common areas, in addition to the aforementioned renovations.
With Forever Giving’s support, these much overdue improvements to Little Saints’ facilities will make it possible for the orphanage to continue the mission of their Founder, Rev. Dele George, to provide a safe, nurturing environment where the children of Lagos can find shelter, care, education, social development and eventual rehabilitation through fostering or adoption - making room for future generations of children in need to have the same opportunity to thrive.
The project is scheduled for completion in November 2011. Gary Shreeve, Vice President of Africa for Forever Living Products, will be in attendance to celebrate the orphanage’s updated facility.
About Little Saints Orphanage
Home to over 120 abused, abandoned and orphaned children, Little Saints was the first non-governmental, indigenous orphanage to be approved by the Lagos State Government, and it continues to be recognized as one of the most reputable and reliable orphanages registered with them. The success of their three-tiered rehabilitation program results in many orphans going up for adoption & fostering; making room for more underprivileged children, many who are weathering the storms in the streets of Lagos, to have a home and hope. Over one thousand children have benefitted from their program since its inception in 1994.
Learn more about Little Saints Orphanage.