MannaRelief Ministries Founder Receives International Award for Helping Health-Challenged Children in Orphanages Worldwide

Mar 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from MannaRelief Ministries

    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- He can't get their faces out
 of his mind. Hundreds of orphans crowd around him, some smiling, others a
 little sad. But almost all look up at him with expectant hope.
     To Sam Caster, few things are more precious -- nor more worthy of a
 helping hand -- than children in need. To assist these innocents, Caster
 founded MannaRelief Ministries -- a non-profit organization that, since 1999,
 has helped thousands of children in orphanages worldwide.
     For this humanitarian effort, the Up With People International Alumni
 Association has awarded Caster its James E. MacLennan Everyday Hero Award. The
 award is given to Up With People alumni who exhibit leadership, intercultural
 understanding and humanitarian outreach.
     "Sam personifies the qualities of vision, compassion and leadership, which
 are the hallmarks of both the Up With People experience and the James E.
 MacLennan Everyday Hero Award," said Forrest "Duffy" Bledsoe, a co-founder and
 past president of the Up With People Alumni Association. "We salute Sam for
 sharing with the world his faith-in-action, which is demonstrated through his
 humanitarian works with MannaRelief."
     Caster is also the CEO and chairman of the board of Mannatech,
 Incorporated, a global health and wellness company. He joined Up With People
 at age 17 and traveled the world for three years, studying the culture,
 economics and leadership of foreign nations. Over the years his travels to
 less-fortunate countries inspired the founding of MannaRelief. One experience
 in particular had a profound effect on his decision to launch the organization
     In 1999 Caster began sending Mannatech's glyconutritional products to
 orphans in Romania, where the harsh winters had a debilitating effect on the
 children. The orphanage staff said the first year the children were on the
 nutritional products, the incidence of disease dropped dramatically.
     "My experience with Up With People and working with orphanages opened my
 heart to understanding others and respecting their cultures," Caster said.
 "It's given me a global perspective and a unique sense of purpose that I could
 do something to help those in need."
     Currently, MannaRelief supplies nutritional supplements to children with
 serious health challenges living in orphanages in more than 72 countries. Each
 child receives a combination of glyconutritional products that are purchased
 at-cost from Mannatech, with help from a financial sponsor.  Today, hundreds
 of ministries are working together to deliver the products to children in more
 than 300 orphanages.
     About MannaRelief
     MannaRelief's mission is to bless orphans and health challenged children
 around the world with the love of God through world-changing nutritional
 products designed to improve the quality of life and health.  Founded in 1999,
 and motivated by God's heart for the fatherless on Earth, MannaRelief is a
 501(c)3 not-for-profit Christian organization that has now touched more than
 47,000 children in 72 nations through its Hope and Blessing programs.  For
 more information about MannaRelief, visit . For
 interviews, please call Lexie Okeke at 817.574.2714 or email .
      Contact Information:
      Lexie Okeke, Communications Manager
      MannaRelief Ministries
      P.O. Box 540669
      Grand Prairie, TX 75054

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