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Convoy of Hope has quite the track record

I have read that Convoy of Hope is an organization that is almost the first to get to an emergency area with water. Could you check this for me?

— Leona B., Central Point

We couldn't independently confirm that Convoy of Hope is among the first, Leona, but their website says they are, and by all accounts the faith-based charity headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, does a bang-up job of responding to disasters with an army of volunteers and a very efficient operation.

According to its website, Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family, who were inspired to help others after the outpouring of assistance they received when their father was killed by a drunk driver. Since the organization's founding, it has helped 80 million people across the world.

Convoy of Hope mobilized its considerable resources before Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, arriving with truckloads of water, hygiene kits and other supplies. In an updated posted on its website Friday, the organization said more than 2,000 volunteers had distributed 5 million pounds of supplies to 229,220 people in 57 Texas cities.

The group also responded to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and in Florida, serving meals and delivering water and other supplies to thousands of victims in the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and in Florida.

You'll also be pleased to learn that Convoy of Hope has a four-star rating (the highest) with Charity Navigator, which ranks charitable organizations for their effectiveness and efficiency. According to www.charitynavigator.org, Convoy of Hope spends 89.7 percent of its total expenses on programs and services. It spends 3 percent on administration and 7.3 percent on fundraising.

You can learn more about this impressive organization at www.convoyofhope.org.

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