Each day, we use water without thinking twice about where it’s coming from. We take showers, brush our teeth and drink it straight from the tap. That is a luxury that we have because of where we live. Oftentimes in our travels abroad, specifically during times of disaster, we see that many do not have that same luxury.
This week, we were surprised to see a water issue in our own backyard. Up until Wednesday, a mobile home park in Springfield, Mo. — home of our world distribution center — was without water. It had been shut off and more than 30 families were trying to get by without.
“You can’t go without water,” said Chet Hunter, director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. Hunter reached out to local organizations on Tuesday, including Convoy of Hope, and received supplies less than 16 hours later.
“Working together gives us the ability to reach out to those in need and work seamlessly in a productive environment,” said Hunter. “And that allows us to respond immediately.”
Convoy of Hope delivered two pallets of water to residents for drinking, cooking, and hygiene needs. Many families wondered how they were going to get by. Antonio Clay, the father of three, said the delivery was a huge blessing. “We’re glad someone is thinking about us,” he said.
While Convoy of Hope responds to disasters all over the world, it’s equally important for us to take time to remember our neighbors during their time of need.
“We are so thankful to have an organization like Convoy of Hope that does great work around the world right here in Springfield to assist our residents,” says City Manager Greg Burris.
In 2014, Convoy of Hope responded to 22 disasters in the U.S. and internationally providing life-saving food, supplies, and water.
“Water is essential,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “Everyone deserves the right to have access to clean water.”