This campaign has ended.
Thank you to all of the supporters who contributed to this campaign! 1,300 PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers were sent to Mercy Corps for distribution in North Carolina.
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Emergency Light and Power for Hurricane Florence Relief
Mercy Corps has identified a need for up to 1,500 PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger lanterns in their emergency response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Help Mercy Corps and Team Rubicon get light and power to families left in the dark by sponsoring a PackLite Hero today.
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization committed to empowering people around the world to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Recognized as a leader in delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities, Mercy Corps has responded to almost every global emergency in the past 20 years, including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017), the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Philippines typhoon (2013), the Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011), Horn of Africa drought and hunger crisis (2010) and Kashmir earthquake (2005). Mercy Corps was also one of the first responders to the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) and Haiti earthquake (2010).
About LuminAID's Give Light, Get Light Program
1.6 billion people around the world lack proper access to electricity. Many of these people are forced to rely upon dangerous, toxic, and expensive kerosene lanterns as their primary source of light. Through our Give Light, Get Light program, we partner with NGOs and nonprofits all over the world to distribute LuminAID Lights to individuals who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source. LuminAID has distributed over 50,000 lights in more than 100 countries from lights sponsored through the Give Light, Get Light program. Mercy Corps is the featured recipient for our Hurricane Relief campaign. Past recipient charities have included Convoy of Hope, Team Rubicon, and GAiN.
Mercy Corps Statement on Hurricane Florence Response
Mercy Corps is on the ground in North Carolina, working alongside Team Rubicon — a U.S.-based organization that unites the skills of military veterans and first responders — to quickly assess the situation and needs following Hurricane Florence. Mercy Corps’ response will focus on the most vulnerable households and people in the greatest need of aid. Our experience tells us that those priority needs are likely to include emergency cash, as well as relief items like solar lanterns that provide light and allow survivors to charge mobile phones while power is out. We are mobilizing quickly to distribute these items to vulnerable households."
Thanks to the efforts of our supporters and generous corporate sponsors, we were able to donate 1,300 PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers to Mercy Corps for Hurricane Florence relief. Between September 20th and October 11th, Mercy Corps distributed these lanterns to individuals, government agencies, and local nonprofits in North Carolina. You can read a full report of the distribution here.
Update: October 19, 2018
Our team interviewed Jill Morehead, Mercy Corp's emergency response team leader via a Facebook Live, with viewers tuning in and asking questions throughout the conversation. Jill was able to update us on the conditions on the ground and how the PackLite Hero Superchargers are being used by those who need them. You can watch the video to learn more about the distribution efforts and hear stories from the field.
Update: October 1, 2018
Mercy Corps has received 1,000 PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers for distribution in North Carolina, with more on the way. This week, they distributed lanterns in Lumberton, New Bern, Havelock, Wilmington, and Jacksonville. The Mercy Corps team also passed on 300 of the lights to the NGO Greene Lamp in Kinston. Their team is focusing on communities in the eastern areas of North Carolina hardest hit by Florence, with an emphasis on reaching socially marginalized populations. In addition to the 2-in-1 solar phone chargers + lanterns, Mercy Corps provides those affected with emergency cash, food, and supplies.
Update: September 27, 2018
North Carolina Distribution Map
The PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger is a solar inflatable lantern & phone charger that packs flat for easy carrying and charging on the go. Mercy Corps has requested the PackLite Hero because its extra-large 4000mAh battery can provide storm survivors with multiple charges per device and hours of light in lantern mode.
These PackLite Hero lanterns will provide vulnerable families with a safe source of light and power to charge their phones, so they can stay connected to family or emergency services.
About the PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger
VIDEO: A Hurricane's Impact
This week marks 1 year since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, leaving much of the island without power for months.
LuminAID's founders, Anna and Andrea, traveled to Puerto Rico following the hurricane last year. With the help of our humanitarian partner, Convoy of Hope, they were able to see firsthand just how important safe, rechargeable light and power is for families to carry out their day-to-day needs.
Will sponsored Packlite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers be used for Hurricane Florence response only?
Mercy Corps plans to distribute these PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers in North Carolina as part of their response to Hurricane Florence. When Mercy Corps' need is met, we will close the campaign. We expect this will happen by early October.
We anticipate that all donated PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers will go to Mercy Corps, but if their need ends before the campaign is closed, we will donate any remaining sponsored PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Superchargers to another Give Light, Get Light Partner working on hurricane relief. For more information, please Contact Us.
What do I receive when I order this product?
When you purchase this product, you are sponsoring a PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger lantern, to be sent directly to the Mercy Corps warehouse. If you provide a shipping address at checkout, we will mail you a thank-you card, but you will not receive a physical product. You can purchase a PackLite Hero for yourself here.
Is this purchase tax deductible?
No, this purchase is not tax-deductible. If you need to make a tax deductible donation, we recommend donating cash to Mercy Corps' Humanitarian Relief fund instead.
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