Crossroads has been working with a partner in China since 2002 to ‘pre-position’ relief supplies of blankets, clothing and other goods needed after a disaster. When we can regularly ship these emergency items into China, it means they can be stored in strategic areas, ready to go immediately after a disaster hits.
In November 2013, for example, a series of earthquakes hit Qianguo county, severely damaging housing and leaving thousands of people homeless in temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius. Crossroads’ partner was able to launch a campaign within two days of the disaster, and on the third day, deliver Crossroads’ pre-positioned blankets and clothes worth more than 1 million yuan to help 3,670 people.
This shipment will be similarly strategic, restocking supplies for their relief warehouse so that our partners can act quickly when people need urgent help.