Tucson-based World Care gearing up for a busy Hurricane season

Tucson-based World Care gearing up for a busy Hurricane season

CREATED Sep 10, 2012

Reporter: Steve Nuñez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As remnants from tropical storm Leslie continue to pelt Bermuda with high winds and heavy rain, Tucson-based World Care, an international disaster relief organization, is on stand-by ready to ship out emergency supplies to potential victims.

Lisa Hopper founded World Care in 1994. Today, she follows all emergency supplies to the disaster area to make sure all items are securely stored and then distributed to those in need.

"We have resources that come in on a daily basis," said Hopper. "Amazing, we just went over our 50 million pounds of aide."
Donated supplies include everything from recycled medicine to bandages to walkers and even wheel chairs.

Last year, the non-profit organization underwent a transformation and became the World Care Civilian Emergency Relief Center. It now occupies the former Julia Keen Elementary school as part of a partnership with the Tucson Unified School District.
Additionally, World Care sells used books and computers as an additional source of revenue.

9 On Your Side Reporter Steve Nuñez asked: "How is it that World Care is able to collect all of these donations and only allocate 2% of its annual budget to pay for administrative costs?"

"It's because humanitarian work is supposed to be that way," said Hopper. "And, I wanted to bring it back."

Right now, World Care needs tooth brushes, tooth paste, blankets and flash lights.

For information on how you can make a donation, call (520) 514-1588

In Tucson, World Care continues to provide poor kids with school supplies. That's why World Care is being recognized as the Journal Broadcast Group "Community Partner" for the month of September.