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Operation Blessing works to empower women to earn a better living and enable their children to escape the clutches of poverty

Empowering women to escape the clutches of poverty

Operation Blessing works to empower women to earn a better living and enable their children to escape the clutches of poverty

In my travels I meet hard working mothers all over the world who get up every morning and make herculean efforts to make life better for their children. But in spite of all their work, they still cannot escape the pull of generational poverty. These women usually can’t afford school uniforms or tuition and are also hard pressed to afford medicine for their children when they get sick. Beleaguered moms have the energy and the will — but lack the way — to earn enough to bring their children into a life free of poverty.

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Tracey and Vincent and their two boys received a helping hand from an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry in their area

Help when hunger strikes

Tracey and Vincent and their two boys received a helping hand from an Operation Blessing-supported food pantry in their area

GEORGIA – Tracey never dreamed her family would ever have to choose between paying the bills and buying food, but when she was let go from her job, money quickly became tight and that tough decision soon became reality.

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An Operation Blessing program brings life-saving help to a couple in need after a severe snow storm

Shoveling snow helps save lives

An Operation Blessing program brings life-saving help to a couple in need after a severe snow storm

VIRGINIA – Robert, a retired Navy veteran, has struggled with health issues for some time and must attend frequent dialysis appointments as a result. When a winter storm hit their area the night before one of his appointments, Robert and his wife Ruth found themselves trapped the next morning–unable to leave their home due to the inches of snow that now blocked their driveway.

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Operation Blessing teams up with the city of Norfolk to help the homeless

Helping the homeless in Hampton Roads

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Operation Blessing teams up with the city of Norfolk to help the homeless

NORFOLK, Va. – As frigid weather took hold of Virginia, we had a unique opportunity to respond right here at home. Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Norfolk, asked if there was any way Operation Blessing could help with a local need near our headquarters in Hampton Roads.

With the region facing record low temperatures the city was very concerned about the local homeless population. While there are shelters, many of the homeless still remain on the street and during the daylight hours also need to stay warm.

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Linda and three of her grandchildren, Donovan, Kacha, and Aliyana.

Food for her grandchildren

Linda and three of her grandchildren, Donovan, Kacha, and Aliyana.

PENNSYLVANIA – When their son passed away three years ago, Linda and Nelson immediately took in their four grandchildren—providing them with a loving home and everything they needed to get by.

But a car accident had already forced Linda onto disability, so she spends her days taking care of the kids and volunteering to help those in need at a local food pantry. Then an accident left Nelson with a painful back injury—ending his career in demolition work.

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