Operation Christmas ChildI’d like to highlight the achievements of a few of our more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies and organizations as we look back on 2014 and enter 2015 with optimism. We are bursting with pride at the good work they do all over the globe. Here are some highlights of their accomplishments this year:

  • Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child was featured in People Magazine in a story about Jim Hukill, a quadriplegic whose annual Christmas event, Give Back, whose 250 volunteers filled 2,121 boxes for Operation Christmas Child in 2014. Since 2007, Hukill and his volunteers have packed some 4,000 boxes that have gone to children in more than 100 countries including Ghana, Mexico, Niger and Zimbabwe.
  • City of Hope’s breakthrough research in the areas of recombinant DNA technology, gene therapy and monoclonal antibodies are testaments to the culture of collaboration that informs and inspires their work and saves the lives of patients with cancer, HIV/AIDs and diabetes.
  • Prison Fellowship International continued to expand its work to improve upon the plight of millions of children who have lost one or both parents to imprisonment.  Their program “provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to break the destructive cycle of incarceration and set the children of prisoners on the path to hope and transformation.”
  • Wounded Warrior Project hit a milestone in November 2014, officially serving 60,000 wounded veterans through its 20 free programs and services, which are offered to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage their economic empowerment.
  • The American Parkinson Disease Association funded research for an early stage trial of a vaccine to prevent Parkinson’s Disease.

– Don McKenzie is the President & Chief Growth Officer at Innovairre, which supports more than 500 nonprofit organizations around the world. Don can be reached at DonM@Innovairre.com.