Operation Big Blessings (OBB) has its roots as an outreach initiative, which began its grassroots beginning’s under the leadership of Pastor Michael Mupfawa.
The aim of OBB was to reach out to the community of Moreno Valley by providing for their charitable needs as it relates to food and clothing. We canvassed and distributed flyers to advocate our service and to create awareness of our programs; what was unique was we also conducted surveys to gather data on our participant demographics and their specific needs and some of the challenges faced by the community members needed was; clothes, shoes, school supplies and food.
OBB reached out to Sketchers (Shoe Company) and we were able to buy shoes for our community residents at a discounted price. OBB then organized care packages with shoes and clothes and distributed to all those who were in need based on our findings from the survey.
This inspired Harold Ximines to create the International Outreach element of Operation Big Blessings the organization has made impacts across the globe like Jamaica and the impact was so great that this venture was repeated and has now become an annual event both here in Moreno Valley California and the Jamaican Islands.
One of the core programs facilitated by OBB was it referral services to healthcare providers at no cost. OBB has conducted free health clinics in Moreno Valley and Jamaica and has served over 3000 patients, thanks to the medical professionals and volunteers who dedicated their service and time to do this work; especially in the area of diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol levels and mental health.
Last year OBB was able to ship a 40-foot container with supplies to Jamaica after helping those here in the Moreno Valley communities; these items included medical supplies, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, bedding, diapers, depends, furniture, kitchen supplies, toiletries, shampoo, lotion, etc. We continue to serve humanity wherever the need is. In addition, OBB hosts an annual summer program for children out of school during the summer. There are trained credentialed teachers donating their time both here in abroad. Children come to the program each day and are fed with a free nutritious lunch. At the end of the program, each child receives a bag of school supplies for the new school year. This includes toys and sometimes clothing depending on the needs that exist
We pray God continue to bless you as you join us in doing His will.
Providing services In Moreno Valley
We have a unique program in that we attract those that really want to give back to those that are less fortunate. Our volunteers range from teenagers to 85-year-old senior citizens, males and females, interest range from high school students to retired Anesthetist, retired Dentist, General Practitioners, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Surgeons, Educators, Religious Ministers, Counselors, Photographers, Accountants, Nutritionists, Pharmacists who are US Citizens (from several states) to Canadians and Caribbean Natives.
Recently we have started the international venture in the rural hills of Jamaica: Blue Hole Community. We served 360 participants, worked with over 100 children in the summer week-long program donating gifts and school supplies. Over 50 people received professional counseling and medical facilities including hospitals received donations in the form of medical supplies. Due to the overwhelming need and multiple request, we returned and the same services were rendered and more participants participated. Volunteers from the US were excited and felt fulfilled about their mission.
We saw over 1500 patients, gave out over 800 reading glasses and distributed contents of a 40-foot boxcar trailer; on any given day there were over 300 children learning songs, doing arts and crafts, playing games and reading books, they were fed each day with cooked meals by the team members. At the end of the week, all participants received a bag with gifts ranging from backpacks, toys, school supplies, reading books and games. We look forward with anticipation for 2019 and the lives that will be transformed by the services that will be rendered.
It’s an honor to serve people in need here and across the globe. Now with our humble beginning… we see the need to do more and we see the correct way to go about it is to first get our Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Status so we can be more effective in acquiring resources to help our goal of helping others everywhere.