World Vision has reached a milestone in humanitarian aid relief. On July 18, 2019th the organization shipped its 5,000th international container to Zambia. The container included bikes from Free Bikes 4 Kidz, clothing from Abercrombie & Fitch Co., school and hygiene supplies from World Vision Promise Packs©, towels from 31 Gifts, and much more.
These gift-in-kind donations not only provide children and their families with vital supplies that can help lift them out of poverty, they also offer corporations a responsible business solution for excess inventory.
The container arrived in the Choma district of Zambia on October 30, 2019 and was shared among the communities of Hamaundu and Moyo. In total, over 4,100 children and 1,500 adults in need benefitted from these donations.
One of the children, 8-year-old Beatrice, had the privilege of receiving a school bag and expressed gratitude to World Vision for her gift. Now, she no longer must face the challenge of carrying her schoolbooks in a plastic bag and feels encouraged to share what she has with her friends.
World Vision’s Product Donation program has been aiding vulnerable children and families around the world with donated product for more than three decades. Since 2003, World Vision has received product donations from approximately 3,670 donors across the United States ranging from individuals to large corporations. In some cases, World Vision receives donations that can only be shipped internationally, and we distribute those through our warehouse in Fife, Washington. Under normal circumstances, our donations are brought to our Pittsburgh Global Distribution Center in trucks, sorted onsite by volunteers and then shipped to roughly 40 of the 100+ countries our organization serves.
World Vision’s incredible achievement was made possible because of the generosity and support from donors. It’s a partnership that is helping impact and transform the lives of the children and families we serve.