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Hope For The Holidays

It was just a few short weeks ago that the world watched in horror as terrorists struck in the Indian city of Mumbai. It was another chilling reminder that although we have worked hard to prevent these types of attacks, they can happen any time, any where.

And yet even amid all this chaos and uncertainty, there is still hope. Along with the tragic stories we heard after the attacks, we also heard stories of hope. Like the story of England's cricket team, which is donating money from one of its matches to families of the victims in Mumbai. Or the vigils that popped up across the country to mourn the victims of the attack. There are countless more stories out there of people rising to the occasion to give the world hope.

For those of us who work in BCP and EM, hope is more important than ever. It is only through hope that we can continue to work together to make a difference. To prepare, protect and respond to disaster. To help others in their time of need. To make a difference.

That is why, like we do each year, we want to call on you, our readers, to take action and find a way to make a difference. In the wake of the Mumbai attacks, now is the time to do something.

We know that no one person can make a difference by him or herself. But if each of us - the more than 25,000 readers of the Continuity e-GUIDE - does just one small thing to help, think of how many people could be saved.

For those of you who have already given of yourselves this past year, thank you. Thank you on behalf of everyone who has benefited from your generosity. You have truly stepped up to the challenge and proven that together, we CAN make a difference.

If you have done some work to make a difference, please let us know. We'd like to include your story in next year's special issue. Let us continue to hope that by helping one small step at a time, we can take a great leap forward.

We wish you all the best this holiday season, and thank you all for reading our Continuity e-GUIDE this year. We look forward to joining you again on Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

The Continuity e-GUIDE team

There are many outstanding programs offering both outreach to others and disaster relief across the globe. Here, we are spotlighting just a few of those organizations that are making a difference. In addition to the organizations we've highlighted, we have also provided a comprehensive list of many more organizations that need our help. We urge you to consider making a commitment to the organization of your choice.


A non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares provides immediate response to emergency medical needs, as well as supporting long-term humanitarian assistance programs for all people around the world. AmeriCares works both nationally and internationally for disaster relief, and recently airlifted $1.2 million in supplies to Darfur.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit charity dedicated to increasing the adoption of the more than 150,000 children in North America's foster care system. The foundation's vision is that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family, and its mission is to dramatically increase the number of adoptions of waiting children in North America.

Feeding America

Did you know that one in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child? Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization. It provides a network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food-rescue programs and serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The America's Second Harvest Network secures and distributes nearly 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families and then sells the houses to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans.

Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization representing more than nine million members and constituents. The non-profit organization is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animal welfare.

Action Against Hunger:
ADRA International:
Africa Leadership Mocha Club:
Air Serv International:
American Friends Service Committee:
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc:
American Jewish World Service:
American Red Cross:
America’s Second Harvest:
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT):
ARMDI, Israeli Red Cross:
Association for India's Development:
B’nai B’rith International:
Baptist World Aid:
Big Brothers Big Sisters: and
Brother’s Brother Foundation:
Catholic Charities USA:
Catholic Relief Services:
Christian Children's Fund:
Christian Disaster Response:
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee:
Church World Service:
Concern Worldwide:
Convoy of Hope:
Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund:
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:
Direct Relief International:
Disaster Psychiatry Outreach:
Doctors Without Borders:
Episcopal Relief and Development:
Food for the Hungry, Inc.:
Feed the Children:
Habitat for Humanity International:
Heart to Heart International:
Humane Society of the United States:
International Aid:
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
International Medical Corps:
International Orthodox Christian Charities:
International Relief Teams:
International Rescue Committee:
Islamic Relief Worldwide:
Kick Start:
Latter-Day Saint Charities:
Lutheran World Relief:
MAP International:
Mennonite Disaster Service:
Mercy Corps:
Nazarene Disaster Response:
National Mentoring Partnership:
Network for Good:
Northwest Medical Teams:
Operation Blessing International:
Operation USA:
Oxfam America:
Oxfam International:
Plan USA:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:
Prison Fellowship International:
Project Concern International:
Project HOPE:
Relief International:
Salvation Army:
Save the Children USA:
Share Our Strength:
Stop Hunger Now:
U.N. World Food Programme:
Water Missions International:
World Concern:
World Emergency Relief:
World Hope International:
World Relief:
World Vision:


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