ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Charitable organization Gleaning For the World is providing relief for victims of tragedies in and outside of the United States. On Friday, a representative said the organization had three tractor trailers in Baltimore, handing out meals to those displaced by riots.
The group said it does not plan to send more food and water unless more rioting takes place.
GTFW has also been raising money to help relief efforts in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the region. The organization then expanded its relief effort to Baltimore after riots continued to destroy some neighborhoods there.
Pastor Ron Davidson says GFTW has been working with pastors in Nepal to send money for food and water. In the early stages of the relief effort, it was difficult to send goods to the region, but funds were desperately needed. As planes were allowed to land in Nepal, GTFW began taking nonperishable food items to send, as well. In addition to the Nepal relief effort, Gleaning has begun sending relief items to Baltimore, Maryland after rioters have destroyed parts of the city. So far, 12,000 meals have been provided to people in Baltimore by GTFW, with 12,000 more on the way. The group also sent 24,000 bottles of water.
GTFW is asking for monetary donations from the community for both relief efforts. If you would like to donate to GTFW's relief efforts, visit their website: http://gftw.org/nepalquake/
The earthquake has left more than 5,000 people dead with more bodies being found as crews sift through the rubble. GFTW said it has partners on the ground, handing out food and water to survivors in Kathmandu. It has provided thousands of meals by connecting supplies in the country to its partners. Partner churches in Nepal are accepting refugees who are unable to return home.