Delivering Good & Disasters: Rebuilding and Providing Hope, Year After Year
On March 3rd, a tornado swept through Lee County, Alabama with very little warning, claiming the lives of at least 22 people. Delivering Good is actively working with local community partners to assess the needs and support those affected by this event. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this devastation.
The past several years, major catastrophic natural disasters, increasingly powerful in their devastation, have left a lasting impact on affected communities. Through the years, Delivering Good has been committed to assisting and supporting impacted communities for the days, weeks, months and years after our initial distribution of goods.
Recovery is a process of transitioning individuals back to their lives prior to the disaster and instilling a sense of normalcy in their day-to-day life. In 2018, Delivering Good responded to the extensive destruction in areas such as Florida, North Carolina, California, Guatemala and other regions around the world. These disasters not only resulted in millions of dollars in damage, but also hundreds of lives lost and the immeasurable toll on families that lost everything.
Delivering Good also continued its ongoing efforts in many areas - Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, amongst others - impacted by natural disasters in 2017 in order to assure communities a safe and hopeful road to recovery.
In 2018, Delivering Good assisted with recovery efforts for disasters that occurred during the year as well as ongoing support to communities impacted by the disasters that occurred in 2017. By mobilizing the children's, fashion, retail and home industries, Delivering Good distributed new product valued at $32.5 million in 2018. In 2017, we distributed $31.6 million of new product donations.* Furthermore, through our B Strong program for disaster relief and recovery, we also distributed more than $425,490 worth of gift cards and emergency supplies to a dozen recovering regions around the world.