The Colorado Springs-based Christian aid organization raised $3.1 million on March 11, naming it Global Food Crisis Awareness Day. More than 27,000 listeners to Christian radio stations across the nation contributed to the effort, far exceeding the campaign goal of $1 million.
“The way in which these Christian radio stations and their supporters have answered the call to care for the poor is overwhelming,” said Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International. “They have demonstrated the true meaning of the word compassion.”
Included in the responses were a listener who contributed half of his $25 food stamp raise to the cause and a Missouri woman who pledged $60,000 from a legal settlement.
“On behalf of all the children and their families around the world who will be blessed by these funds, thank you,” said Mark Hanlon, senior vice president for Compassion International-USA. “With the cost of many food staples doubling and tripling in value, you have truly answered a huge need for many.”