Members of Hancock Hope from around the country have spent the day thinking about the Responders and Residents of Oklahoma as they begin the extensive recovery process from the tornado activity.
Because we are a Brotherhood, we cannot help but want to be there assisting in any way possible. However, the job Hancock Hope is to help the fire department and its members recover. It is not the place of Hancock Hope to respond to any incident unless specifically requested.
The best way to help right now, is for all of us to send a donation to the American Red Cross to help them fulfill their mission.
Ways to donate
- online at the American Red Cross website
- from your mobile phone - just text REDCROSS to 90999 more information at the American Red Cross site
Hancock Hope National Board
After Hurricane Katrina, word of a fire department in a desperate situation reached a firefighter in the Buffalo, New York area. That firefighter rallied fellow firefighters and EMTs to make a three-day trip to Southern Mississippi to assist the department. In preparation to go, further communication revealed several equipment needs. The group then put out the call to all fire departments in Erie (NY) and Cattaraugus County (NY) for any surplus tools and equipment. The response was astounding. A 28’ trailer was filled with over 20,000 pounds of gear, supplies, and equipment.
On the ground in Mississippi, the group found a very sobering and destitute situation. A three day trip simply wasn’t long enough to make a difference. The group’s leader, Dan Macakanja, made a commitment to the Chief that his group would be back and more departments will follow. The original group then decided to organize as Hancock Hope with a mission to provide help for fire departments in Hancock County, Mississippi.
Members of Hancock Hope travelled the Northeast spreading word of the situation to fire departments in an effort to recruit emergency personnel to respond. Over 300 firefighters from all over the United States stepped up to the challenge. The result was over 30,000 man-hours of volunteer coverage, and a fire department recovering from insurmountable devastation.
As news of the effort spread, other departments with varying levels of need contacted Hancock Hope seeking help. It was then that Hancock Hope moved forward to assist ANY department anywhere whenever possible. Departments from all over the country have received virtually every kind of firefighting item one can imagine.
Over the years, members of Hancock Hope have been able to connect the dots between those in need and those who can supply those needs. Hundreds of firefighters right now are safer performing their duties because of the efforts of Hancock Hope.
Salvation Army and Hancock Hope are teaming up to provide hand warmers to those facing the harsh winter while working on recovery efforts in the Hurricane Sandy affected areas.
Hancock Hope will be holding and information and recruitment session January 19, 2013. Executive Director Dan Macakanja and Deployment Coordinator Scott Runkle will present the many opportunities available within the organization that was founded by firefighters to help brother firefighters in times of need.
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