Buena Park nonprofit aids victims of Hurricane Harvey – Orange County Register

Giving Children Hope, a Buena Park nonprofit that provides resources for vulnerable children and families, recently donated 21,882 pounds of relief items to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Executive Director Sean Lawrence flew to the hard-hit region of Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to meet with groups in Houston and plan how Giving Children Hope can help with disaster relief.

Lawrence spent his first few days in the city helping families remove damaged carpet, furniture and doors from their homes.

“We visited two neighborhoods and all the houses are like this,” he said in an email describing the damage. “It helps because people are not alone, but their neighbors are in the same predicament. No one can stay in their homes.

“The danger is gone and now they are wondering what’s next.”

Savannah Esquivel, a Giving Children Hope spokeswoman, said  the nonprofit had raised more than $8,000 in less than a week.

On Friday, a 53-foot truck filled with food, bedding, pillows, stoves and other kitchen items departed the nonprofit’s warehouse.

Sunday, the truck arrived at a partner church in Texas.

Many local nonprofits collaborated with Giving Children Hope on Harvey relief efforts, Esquivel said.

“Our mission is to love our neighbors across the street and around the world,” she said. “We’re called to do that whether they’re homeless children or victims of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey.

“An opportunity like this arises, we knew we’d be responding.”

Giving Children Hope previously provided disaster relief to victims of domestic hurricanes Katrina, in 2005, and Sandy, in 2012.

The nonprofit also helped in the wake of earthquakes in Ecuador and Haiti.

“As an organization, we have a biblical mandate to love our neighbors as ourselves,” Lawrence said. “We get to do this when we respond to situations like this.”

To donate: givingchildrenhope.org/hurricaneharvey.

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