Dear Friends,

My hope for you this week is that you’ll experience the blessing of sitting at the Thanksgiving table with friends and family. I plan to enjoy Thanksgiving with my wife Reneé, several of my kids, and our grandson. One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to go around the table and each share something that we are thankful for.

This year one of the things I’m most thankful for is you, and other caring people like you, who are willing to reach out to help their neighbors. You “get it;” you have joined the movement of compassionate people who pursue justice and freedom. The world is a better place because of people like you. Thank you.

Tragically, some of you have now found yourselves on the other side of a bridge of generosity, needing basic assistance.

My heart was deeply touched as I, along with the rest of America, watched with disbelief earlier this month as Superstorm Sandy deluged and destroyed parts of New York, New Jersey, and other areas of the East Coast. It was a humbling reminder of how vulnerable we all are.

Before the waters receded, World Vision relief teams were in motion to distribute relief supplies. We’ve helped thousands of people. But this disaster has proven to be far more destructive than anticipated.

For those of you who didn’t feel Sandy’s fury, I’d like to ask you to join us in reaching out to help our neighbors and friends who are still hurting. World Vision has hundreds of long-term partners in the area impacted by Sandy. We love partnering with churches and community organizations to give them critically needed resources to be light and hope in their communities, not only in the early relief phase of recovery, but over the next two years as we help families and their children recover.

If you’ve already given to support those affected by Sandy, thank you! If you’d like to help in this large-scale relief response, please consider making a donation. Your donation will be used to provide essential items including flood clean up kits, emergency food, personal hygiene items, much needed clothing, and building materials to help families as they recover and begin reconstructing their lives.  

As you pray over your Thanksgiving meal, please remember to lift up all the families who have lost so much in this tragedy.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Rich Stearns


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