Local Families Work Together To Solve World-Wide Humanitarian Aid Crises

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Hundreds of families will volunteer at the Global Aid Network Pennsylvania Warehouse to prepare humanitarian aid for shipment overseas. Items such as used clothing, blankets, vegetable seeds, crutches, school supplies, toys for children, and more will be sent to orphanages, schools, and hospitals at the invitation of local churches worldwide. The preparation project will take place in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania from October 8-17, 2007.

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Hundreds of families are expected to converge in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania as a part of the Global Aid Network Pennsylvania Warehouse humanitarian aid preparation project. From October 8-17, 2007 Global Aid Network (the humanitarian aid arm of Campus Crusade for Christ, International) will open the doors of its Pennsylvania Distribution Center in Mount Joy to people of all ages who want to help needy communities around the world.

In 2006, nearly six thousand people from around the United States descended upon the warehouse, packing one-hundred-ten thousand items of clothing, thirty-six thousand pairs of shoes, thirty-four thousand pieces of canned food, and much more. These items, along with gifts, blankets, and school supplies were shipped around the world.

Due to the variety of work to be done at the Distribution Center, mission work becomes a family affair with people flying coast-to-coast in order to participate. “I continue to be amazed at the number of volunteers who come from all over the United States to work at our Global Aid Network Distribution Center,” says Duane Zook, CEO of Global Aid Network. “I get really excited and am so encouraged by the number of families and number of children who return year after year. I am especially proud of the thousands from the Lancaster area who help since I grew up in the Lancaster area.”     

The attraction for these families is the international impact each one of them has through volunteering. Through the year-round efforts of the Distribution Center, individuals who would not normally be able to physically travel to places like Belarus, Siberia, or Zimbabwe can still demonstrate their compassion for those in need simply by giving of their time. Phil Liller, the director for the Distribution Center explains, “Volunteers are excited to see how Global Aid Network is being used by God to help send compassionate aid to an increasing number of countries around the world.”

For additional information about Global Aid Network, or the Pennsylvania Warehouse Project, contact Charles Debter or visit http://www.gainusa.org.

About Global Aid Network:

Global Aid Network, the humanitarian aid arm of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, partners with businesses and churches to provide hope and humanitarian aid -- including food, clothing, school supplies, and necessity items -- to hospitals, orphanages, and schools in needy communities around the world.

Originally started in 1991 as a humanitarian aid project to the former Soviet Union, Global Aid Network has since distributed $100 million worth of aid and is overseeing projects in some 60 countries. In 2007, Global Aid Network has sent over 2 million meals of fortified rice and soy products to impoverished countries.

Contact:

Charles Debter, Director of Communications

Global Aid Network

214-727-3158

http://www.gainusa.org

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