There’s nothing anyone can do to prevent natural disasters from striking, but how we respond to them says everything about the culture and priorities of a society. In keeping with Georgia-Pacific’s long-standing emphasis on helping others in our communities, we’ve partnered with disaster relief organization Convoy of Hope to supply and deliver much-needed products to South Carolina residents dealing with the recent devastating floods.
"Communities and families are reeling right now, and we want to be sure their basic needs are met during these difficult days," says Rod Lanier, procurement director for Convoy of Hope. "This is only possible because of partnerships with companies such as Georgia-Pacific."
Georgia-Pacific provided products to help supply 400 disaster kits stocked with bath tissue and paper products, and Convoy of Hope delivered them directly to communities surrounding the hard-hit state capitol of Columbia. This is far from the first time we’ve worked in tandem with relief organizations to aid victims of natural disasters, with Hurricane Sandy, the Washington state wild fires and tornado devastation in Oklahoma just a few of many examples.
"Convoy of Hope’s specialty is figuring out which supplies are needed most in a disaster situation and coordinating intricate logistics with responders," explains Curley Dossman, president of the GP Foundation. They do what they do best, and we reciprocate in the same fashion.
This disaster also affected a number of our team members from our local Clarendon facility, several of whom lost virtually everything. To help support them and others impacted by this event, the facility donated supplies to a local relief organization helping people in the immediate area.
Our thoughts are firmly with those families and individuals whose lives were impacted by the historic flooding in South Carolina.