Rescue workers in Japan following Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake are facing the grim reality of mounting deaths. Convoy of Hope and other humanitarian groups are rushing aid to Japan in the wake of this humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis.Millions face another cold night without water, food or heating while the fear of a nuclear meltdown continues to rise. The death toll is now in the thousands and continues to rise by the hour.Deployed Convoy of Hope disaster responders will stage initial relief efforts from Manila, Philippines, as officials work to contain radiation exposure at Japan‘s nuclear power plants and reopen air traffic. Plans are in place for the team to move into Japan quickly.”Our primary concern is to be sure that we have the right equipment and supplies for the situation,” says Kary Kingsland, senior vice president of Global Initiatives for Convoy of Hope.Convoy of Hope will focus on getting water, food and emergency supplies to people in desperate need in the devastated areas. Through communications with its in-country partners in Japan and other relief organizations Convoy of Hope will determine where its resources will make the greatest impact.The deployment team is carrying in water filtration units to distribute and will be securing food and supplies in the region.”Financial gifts have the greatest impact,” stated Kingsland. “Convoy of Hope will use those gifts to help as many people as possible in this time of urgency.”For interviews, more information on Convoy of Hope or for photos/video contact:Jeff NeneConvoy of Hope / Senior Director/Public Relations — Public Relations OfficerO-417.823.8998 Ext. 360C-417.860-2196jnene(at)convoyofhope(dot)orgW-convoyofhope.orgConvoy of Hope, founded in 1994, is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.