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Contact: Carly Visbal

Communications Coordinator

cvisbal@gchope.org

714-523-4454

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Professional Athletes Coach Underprivileged Orange County Kids at Nonprofit Event

Buena Park, California-Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based in Buena Park, held a sports clinic called Hoops for Hope on Saturday, May 31. GCHope was blessed to have a dozen former NBA players and athletes volunteer their time to facilitate a sports clinic for Buena Park kids in GCHope’s nutrition program, We’ve Got Your Back (WGYB). WGYB students from Whitaker, Pendleton, Gilbert, Valencia, and Emery elementary schools and Buena Park High School showed up ready to play.

The children were divided into groups and spent the morning learning new basketball, soccer, martial arts, football, and fishing skills, in addition to learning how to sword fight from Medieval Times knights. It was most of the kids’ first time to hold a fishing rod and they even had the chance to win their own. Marco A. Lazaro from CYSL-BSA, a local soccer club in Buena Park, helped at the event and invited a boy to join his team. He said he saw great potential in the kid and he should be playing on a team. After lunch there was free play with the athletes. A couple kids received one-on-one lessons from former Sacramento Kings player, David Cooke.

As the children began leaving, one boy yelled, “This was the best day of my life!” It is a gift to be able to give these children a day that memorable.

GCHope would like to thank Rick Darnell and the Legends of Basketball for coordinating the appearance of such phenomenal athletes. Thank you to Wells Fargo for sponsoring the event and believing in GCHope’s mission to serve vulnerable children and families across the street and around the world. Thank you to Walmart for the generous donation enabling GCHope to receive new basketball hoops for the kids to enjoy. Thank you to all the athletes that came out to support these kids: Keith Erickson, Paul Clifford, Bob Mitchell, Mike Atwater, Brent Concolino, David Cooke, Ray Price, Amodo Salinas, Kent Williams, John Brewer, Philip Fredman, Jeff Wesson, Tac Clifford, and Dr. Ward Henry.

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 Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

 

 

 

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Contact: Carly Visbal
Communications Coordinator
cvisbal@gchope.org
714-523-4454

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 Orange County Nonprofit Provides Water for Philippines Victims

Buena Park, California-Within days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Giving Children Hope (GCHope) was handing off DayOne Purification WaterbagsTM to a flight crew and pilots heading to the Philippines. DayOne Response shipped the Waterbags to GCHope immediately, making it easy for GCHope to connect with pilots via AERObridge who were willing to take Waterbags as their own personal luggage. Once the Waterbags arrived in the Philippines, GCHope’s partner Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) picked them up and assisted in the distribution to the Filipino people.

In most of the communities ADRA has distributed GCHope’s supplies in, there is only one water source. People walk far distances and wait in long lines to get a clean shower and haul water back to their homes for cooking and drinking purposes. With the DayOne Purification WaterbagsTM volunteers have been able to collect clean water and bring it to homes to refill their supplies. ADRA was told of a rural mountain village in Tabuelan that had yet to receive any type of humanitarian aid three months after the typhoon. These resilient people were stripping the bark from banana trees to drink the moisture that they could catch as their main source of water. ADRA was able to deliver DayOne Purification Waterbags to this overjoyed community.

The DayOne Purification WaterbagTM uses robust treatment processes, including the P&G Purifier of Water sachets developed by Procter & Gamble as part of the non-profit P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. “The collaboration between Giving Children Hope, ADRA, P&G, and DayOne Response was crucial in providing this immediate water provision to the communities who otherwise did not have access to clean water,” said Tricia Compas-Markman, CEO of DayOne Response. This response also supported P&G’s goal to deliver 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year by 2020.

“DayOne Purification WaterbagsTM are a great product – the size and flexibility allowed it to be transported to the Philippines quickly and efficiently,” said Sean Lawrence, Executive Director at GCHope. “When the next natural disaster hits, GCHope knows that DayOne Response will deliver life saving water with a product that is versatile, giving us many options to get water to people that need it most.”

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Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

DayOne Response, Inc. develops and supplies innovative solutions for disaster relief, increasing the effectiveness of relief organizations and ultimately improving and maintaining quality of life. Since its inception in 2010, DayOne has helped address the vital need for clean drinking water through the DayOne Purification WaterbagTM. DayOne Response values prompt recovery, embraces new technologies, and takes pride in saving lives. For more information, please visit www.dayoneresponse.com.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) is a non-profit initiative sponsored by Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer good company and manufacturer of global, iconic and trusted brands like Vicks, Pantene, Gillette, Tide, Duracell, Oral B, Whisper, Head & Shoulders, Olay and SK-II among several others. The CSDW initiative has provided nearly 7 billion liters of clean drinking water to people in need since 2004. CSDW has partnered with a diverse network of over 140 organizations to help distribute water purification packets in developing countries. In 2012, P&G won the US Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence in recognition of its CSDW initiative and humanitarian work. To learn more about the P&G CSDW Program, and see how the water purification packets work, please visit www.csdw.org.

 

 

 

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Contact: Carly Visbal
Communications Coordinator
cvisbal@gchope.org
714-523-4454

Local Non Profit Accepting Donations to Send Disaster Relief to Philippines

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based in Buena Park, Calif., is in communication with partners on the ground in the Philippines. They are currently assessing the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines Friday morning at 4:30 am. There are said to be hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from their homes sheltering from the sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph. GCHope is preparing and staging relief supplies at our facility to send to the Philippines and areas of Vietnam. Please consider joining the effort.

For more information contact:
Drew Bryson
Development Coordinator
dbryson@gchope.org
714-523-4454
Donations accepted on website gchope.org

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Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

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Contact: Carly Visbal
Communications Coordinator
cvisbal@gchope.org
714-523-4454

Local Non Profit Hosts Buena Park Food Providers Forum

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based in Buena Park, Calif., hosted the first ever Buena Park Food Providers Forum. A group of 11 local nonprofits that distribute food and multiple city officials gathered to join forces in furthering their goals to end hunger in Buena Park. Nonprofit organizations at this meeting included: Second Harvest Food Bank, O.C. Food Access, Living Word Christian Center, Buena Park Senior Center, We Care Family Ministries, Buena Park Collaborative, Fullerton Collaborative, Buena Park Coordinating Council, and GCHope. Buena Park Mayor Beth Swift and representatives from Sharon Quirk-Silva’s office, the Buena Park City Manager’s office, and the Buena Park Community Development Department were also in attendance

“The support from city staff, mayor, and food providers was powerful,” Saldana said. “Bringing all these entities together will result in a more united city and positively impact the less fortunate in our community.”GCHope’s Community Development Director, Elizabeth Saldana helped lead and organize this event and was very satisfied with the results of the dialogue.

In this first meeting, the group discussed gaps in their organization’s services and how others might be able to assist in those areas. It was also a great realization that every day of the week at least one of these organizations provides a food distribution service to citizens of Buena Park. This will be a great resource for each organization to know where to refer clients on the days they don’t distribute.

In Buena Park, 75% of students are on the free and reduced meal program. It was unanimous decision that food provision is a great need and combining efforts and resources will make the largest impact. Nutrition is one of the largest concerns, specifically getting access to fresh produce and vegetables for these families to be able to provide healthy meals for their children.

Mayor Swift said she is so thankful for these organizations. They are a great source of support for the city. She’s grateful that it’s not just government focusing on this issue but that local nonprofits and churches are in agreement with these goals to stop hunger in Buena Park.

The Buena Park Food Providers Forum is seeking out more organizations that want to be a part of this team effort, and will be meeting again soon.

For more info about the event contact:
Elizabeth Saldana
esaldana@gchope.org
714-523-4454

 

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Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

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Contact:
Jessica Rickerts
Director of Administration
jrickerts@gchope.org
(714) 523-4454 Ext. 114

NONPROFIT SENDS NECESSITIES TO SYRIAN REFUGEES

               BUENA PARK, Calif.—Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based inBuena Park,Calif., sent a 22-pallet shipment of basic necessities to Syrian refugees inLebanonon August 28. It is the nonprofit’s seventh shipment to Syrians who have escaped their country’s bloody warfare, and are now displaced in neighboring countries ofLebanonandJordan. There are almost two million Syrian refugees, and one million of them are children.

“Just last week, 150 children died in their sleep from chemical warfare during one attack, and very few people in the world even know about them,” says Jean Bouchebel, GCHope’s partner on the project. “During the most difficult time of their lives, we want to serve these families, who arrive to countries likeLebanonwith nothing.”

The shipment included basic items that the refugees have limited or no access to. This included hygienic products like toilet paper, diapers and wash bins, and clothing staples like rain boots, hats and jackets. Because there are no refugee camps inLebanon, Syrians are scattered, and a church there will locate and distribute items to refugees on as-needed basis.

“The U.N. is pressing for camps to be established. At present, Syrian refugees are spread throughout the country with the same need for personal items as those concentrated in a camp,” says Gina Centanni, GCHope’s logistics coordinator.

GCHope sent its first shipment to refugees in December 2012, and has sent six since. Executive Director Sean Lawrence says the organization would like to send at least two more containers this year. GCHope will continue to send medical supplies, blankets, clothing and other items as the number of displaced Syrians is expected to reach 3.5 million.

For more information about GCHope’s international shipments, contact Gina Centanni at 714-523-4454.

 

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Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

 

 

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Contact:
Jessica Rickerts
Director of Administration
jrickerts@gchope.org
(714) 523-4454 Ext. 114

LOCAL NONPROFIT SENDS DISASTER RELIEF TO OKLAHOMA

BUENA PARK,Calif.– Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based inBuena Park, is sending a truckload of disaster relief supplies to Moore, Okla.

The 53-foot truck of supplies will go to Christian Life Fellowship in Moore. The church, in partnership with other local churches, is staging relief from their parking lot. The supplies requested include cleaning supplies, nonperishable food, water, baby items (such as formula and diapers), canes, walkers, and hygiene supplies.

On Thursday, May 23, from 5-8 p.m., GCHope will host volunteers at their warehouse in Buena Park to pack and sort supplies to prepare for shipment. The truck is scheduled to leave on Friday, May 24 and arrive in Moore early the following week.

GCHope is located at 8332 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, CA 90621. To find out how you can donate or volunteer to help these relief efforts, contact Drew Bryson at dbryson@gchope.org or 714-523-4454.

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Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

 

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BUENA PARK, Calif.– Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based in Buena Park, is providing 50 underprivileged children with new bicycles in partnership with Chick-fil-A and Golden State Foods Foundation.

Children from GCHope’s “We’ve Got Your Back” program were selected to participate and build a brand new bike. Each child, ages 10-16, enrolled in the program was asked to write an essay detailing how the “We’ve Got Your Back” program helps them in school and makes a difference in their family’s lives; 74 essays were submitted in total.

In his essay, Bryan stated the program “helped me in school by giving me breakfast in the morning.” Jasmine is thankful for the backpack because “I don’t have to try and learn on an empty stomach.” Karen shared, “When I grow up and work, I’m going to donate food for kids like me.”

GCHope volunteers will attend the “Build-A-Bike” event to help children assemble their bicycles. Golden State Foods Foundation will also provide safety training, helmets and bicycle locks, and a bike tune-up to ensure all bikes are assembled properly.

In addition to children from “We’ve Got Your Back,” 25 children from Boys & Girls Club Cypress will also receive bikes at this event.

The “Build-A-Bike” event is hosted by Chick-fil-A Buena Park at 8161 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, CA 90620. For more information about this event or to volunteer with “We’ve Got Your Back,” contact Christine Sanchez at 714-523-4454.

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“We’ve Got Your Back” is a weekend nutrition program created by Giving Children Hope for elementary, junior high and high school students in Orange County’s school districts who have been identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Currently, there are more than 28,000 children in Orange County’s elementary schools identified as homeless. Every week, Giving Children Hope provides food to 1,500 students and their families through “We’ve Got Your Back.”

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

Contact:
Jessica Rickerts
Director of Administration
jrickerts@gchope.org
(714) 523-4454 Ext. 114

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As the civil war in Syria continues to escalate, the United Nations estimates that at least 70,000 people have lost their lives. Giving Children Hope (GCHope), an Orange County nonprofit, is working diligently to provide relief for those who have fled Syria to save their lives. “We received requests for winter clothes from our partners working directly with those fleeing the fighting in Syria. With the help of our local church partners, businesses and other nonprofits, we’ve been able to send five 40-foot shipping containers full of requested relief items,” shares GCHope Executive Director, Sean Lawrence.

Many Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan, where over 1.5 million Syrians are currently seeking refuge, over half of these children under the age of 11. “They had to run for their lives and have nothing except for the clothes on their back,” said Jean Bouchebel of Bouchebel Consultants, one of Giving Children Hope’s field partners who has been coordinating the shipments of relief supplies to various refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. GCHope is also working with International Relief Development IRD in Washington, D.C. to deliver items to displaced families on the Syrian borders.

In December, the first container arrived in Lebanon filled with vitamins, medical supplies, blankets and winter clothing. “Even though it’s desert climate, it gets really cold during the evenings, even during the summer months, which can dip down to below zero degrees,” said Bouchebel.

Bouchebel lived in Lebanon before immigrating to the United States 15 years ago. He understands and experienced civil war while he was living in Lebanon, so his desire to help is personal. “People there need practical support and love. Innocent people are dying and getting hurt,” Bouchebel said. He has been going to Lebanon every three months to connect with the people and help coordinate relief efforts. Bouchebel’s next trip to Lebanon and Jordan will be in mid-May with Patrick Bouchebel, CEO of Bouchebel Consultants LLC and John Ditty, Giving Children Hope’s Founder, to meet with partners and arrange a long term strategy, as well as visit the refugees they have been assisting.

“A lot more needs to be done. Together we can make a difference. The more we can incorporate, the more we can help people. Thank you to our donors who are very cooperative and generous,” said Bouchebel.

GCHope is currently staging two more containers of requested relief items but is asking for the public’s help. “We need more hygiene items and new clothes,” said Lawrence. “We encourage our community here in Orange County to join us in supporting these refugees in a practical way. This support is not a political statement, but a statement of our love for our neighbors – not just those across the street, but around the world as well.”

If you would like donate products or would like to host a product drive for the Syrian Refugee Project, please contact GCHope’s Logistics Coordinator, Janet Valencia, at jvalencia@gchope.org or 714-523-4454 x 126. You may also drop off items to GCHope’s office at 8332 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, CA 90621 from Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

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Former NBA and NFL Players Attend Christmas Party for Underprivileged Children
Over 300 Orange County Children to Receive Christmas Gifts

BUENA PARK, CA – Giving Children Hope (GCHope), a nonprofit organization based in Orange County, will be hosting a Christmas party for underprivileged youth and their families on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at their office, 8332 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, CA 90621. All of the children are participants of GCHope’s “We’ve Got Your Back” program.

Retired NBA and NFL players will help distribute gifts to over 300 children and their siblings, as well as share their inspiring career stories with them. The list of those confirmed who will be in attendance are: Rick Darnell, Jamaal Wilkes, Keith Erickson, Sam Williams, Norm Nixon, Ed Ratleff, Reggie Berry, Ron Brown, Bob Elliott and Arnie Fielkow (CEO, National Basketball Retired Players Association).

“We’ve Got Your Back” is a weekend nutrition program created by Giving Children Hope for elementary, junior high and high school students in Orange County’s school districts who have been identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Currently, there are over 28,000 children in Orange County’s elementary schools who are identified as homeless. Every week, Giving Children Hope provides food to 1,100 students through “We’ve Got Your Back.”

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

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Media Contact:
Cathy Baek
Communications Coordinator
(714) 523-4454 Ext. 107
www.gchope.org

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Buena Park, CA (September 28, 2012) – Giving Children Hope and the City of Buena collaborated to host “Buena Park Tackling Child Hunger”, a food drive to feed over 4,000 students and families on the “We’ve Got Your Back” program.

Over 16,000 pounds of food (17 pallets) were collected, which included food drive items from over 30 Orange County schools.

“Seeing the community come together and participate to help us provide food for these students and families was inspiring and motivating. We would like to especially thank the City of Buena Park for all their support,” says Sean Lawrence, Executive Director of Giving Children Hope.

Buena Park’s City Manager, Jim Vanderpool, encouraged city employees to collect items, offering the winning department a lunch prize. The competition fiercely motivated nine city departments to gather over 4,700 food items. The winners of the challenge, Community Development department, decorated their office with rows and stacks of canned goods, pasta, and cereal boxes.

“Thanks to the efforts of the City of Buena Park and our schools, we are able to get the program up and running and immediately serve over 50% of our program participants,” says Christine Sanchez, Director of the “We’ve Got Your Back” program.

Over 100 Buena Park High School Football players made their presence on Beach Blvd., holding signs and collecting donations from people driving by. Others who participated in the event included Downtown Buena Park, John’s Incredible Pizza and the West Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For the 2011-2012 school year, there were 42 schools enrolled on the “We’ve Got Your Back” program. Giving Children Hope plans to add at least 15 more schools for the 2012-2013 school year. Food is continuously needed, so if you are interested in hosting a food drive, please contact csanchez@godaid.org for more information. Items most needed are: cereal, rice, canned meat and canned fruits. Please no glass items. Food can be dropped off at Giving Children Hope’s office at 8332 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, CA 90621. Monetary and cash donations will be accepted as well.

To view pictures of the event, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/givingchildrenhope/sets/72157631617556380/with/8022140339/

“We’ve Got Your Back” is a weekend nutrition program created by Giving Children Hope for elementary students in Orange County’s school districts who have been identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Currently, there are over 28,000 children in Orange County’s elementary schools who are identified as homeless.

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty domestically and abroad through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit www.gchope.org.

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Media Contact:
Cathy Baek
Communications Coordinator
Giving Children Hope
714-523-4454 Ext. 107
www.gchope.org