World Vision Readies National Response to Hurricane Sandy

- Relief supplies readied to respond to impacted East Coast areas including the greater New York City area
- Needs of children will be priority in World Vision's immediate response and long-term recovery assistance
- Text donation campaign: Text "GIVEUSA" to 777444 to make a $10 donation to World Vision's disaster response

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Hurricane Sandy forecasted to make landfall early this week, the Christian humanitarian aid organization World Vision is preparing to respond along the East Coast to hundreds of children and families impacted by the storm.  At the organization's New York City and Washington, DC sites, pre-positioned relief supplies, including cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits, are being readied for immediate delivery. Meantime, staff at World Vision's Domestic Disaster Headquarters near Dallas, Texas are preparing to send additional relief supplies to New York City this Monday to provide teams with back-up supplies and support.

"Hurricane Sandy could be one of the most devastating storms we've responded to in decades," said Phyllis Freeman, World Vision's Domestic Disaster Director. "We're asking our supporters to pray that the impact isn't as severe as some forecasters are predicting but World Vision is prepared to respond if we do see the worst."

World Vision has been working in the New York area since just after September 11, 2001. Just last year, approximately 475,000 people benefitted from the Christian organization's services.  In 2005, World Vision responded to Hurricane Katrina by providing $8.2 million in goods to more than 318,000 survivors. Already this year, World Vision has used its National Disaster Headquarters in North Texas to respond to Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast, launch a nearby Texas tornado response in April and deploy a wildfire response in Oklahoma.

The public can help by visiting www.worldvision.org/americanfamilies or by texting "GIVEUSA" to 777444 to make a $10 donation to World Vision's disaster response.

ABOUT WORLD VISION:
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision's United States Programs is committed to transform communities, promote justice, and relieve suffering in the U.S. where poverty is prevalent by empowering children and youth, increasing the capacity of individuals, families, churches, and other organizations, and unleashing the assets of our partners. Visit World Vision's U.S. Programs at:   www.worldvision.org/usprograms. For more information please visit www.worldvision.org/press.  Or follow them on their Twitter site at @worldvisionnews.

SOURCE World Vision U.S.



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