Charlotte, NC (Vocus) October 30, 2007
Following the devastating Southern California wildfires, The Inspiration Ministries and humanitarian relief partner Convoy of Hope today announced that they are hard at work to meet the needs of the more than half-million people displaced by the fires and those fighting them.
A team from The Inspiration Ministries and Convoy of Hope is currently staging response efforts from the Spring Valley and Poway areas, which have an estimated one-million residents living within a 15-minute radius. Volunteers are distributing approximately 240,000 lbs. (seven 18-wheelers) of PowerAde, juice, water and snacks to victims of the Southern California wildfires and to firefighters at relief stations.
ÂOur thoughts and prayers are with the people of Southern California,Â said David Cerullo, Chairman and CEO of The Inspiration Ministries. ÂOne of the most important things that we can do at this time is reach out in compassion and generosity to find out how we can serve the residents in this area.Â
A Convoy of Hope tractor-trailer filled with approximately 40,000 lbs. of cleaning supplies, paper products, personal hygiene items and N-95 paper face masks also arrived in Southern California Saturday night.
Paul Coroleuski, who led some of the Convoy of Hope Katrina relief efforts as part of the US Disaster Response Team, describes the California fires saying, ÂPeople are on edge, but the devastation is localized with pockets of normalcy. Clean up here will be a huge effort. There is soot everywhere Â even those spared from loss will have to make a big effort cleaning and getting things back to Ânormal.ÂÂ
Approximately 519,754 acres (or 812 sq. miles) have burned with 70% being in San Diego County. Three deaths have been confirmed and 65 injuries reported. More than 12,000 individuals are still being housed in 45 shelters. The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) reported that approximately 321,000 residences had been evacuated at the height of the wildfires. As of Thursday afternoon 24,007 customers were without power due to the wildfires and high winds.
To help victims through Convoy of Hope, please visit http://www.inspirationtoday.com/ourministries/convoyofhope.aspx and make an online donation. Because of corporate partnerships, every donated dollar is converted to $5-$8 of relief product that actually reaches those in need.
About Convoy of Hope:
Since 1994, Convoy of HopeÂ, a nonprofit organization, has provided resources to organizations and churches to meet physical and spiritual needs for the purpose of making the community a better place. This is accomplished through domestic and international outreaches, supply lines, and disaster response.
About The Inspiration Ministries:
The Inspiration Ministries is the parent company to The Inspiration Networks, which are available in more than a billion homes worldwide through its various distribution platforms, including its Internet Broadband site (http://www.inspiration.net) and three satellite and cable TV networks: INSP - The Inspiration Network; Inspirational Life Television (i-Lifetv); and Inspiration Network International (INI). The Inspiration Networks also operate ÂInspiration Video On Demand,Â the first inspirational platform for cable television video on demand (VOD) delivery; ÂInspiration Global,Â providing broadband video content in the four major trade languages Â French, Italian, German, and Spanish; and ÂInspiration Mobile,Â capable of simultaneously delivering daily inspirational messages to millions of cell phone users in the U.S. and Europe. Please visit http://www.insptoday.com for more information.