From just one three-week pilot “Compassion” campaign in 2006, more than 17,000 people volunteered and packed 4.2 million meals. Water filtration systems and wells made safe drinking water available to 200,000 people on a regular basis. By harnessing the power of story, this three-week initiative has run annually for nine years providing meals, water, sustainable gardens, shelter, and education for girls in under-resourced areas globally.
The 2008 Celebration of Hope campaign was about providing immediate relief for hunger. Willow Creek attendees and others they invited helped to assemble meal-packs for those starving in Zimbabwe.