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September 07, 2017

U.S. News

Hurricane Harvey Update: Direct Selling Relief Efforts

Even as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, posing a major threat to millions this weekend, relief efforts continue in southeastern Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 storm that caused catastrophic flooding in Houston and its surrounding communities.

As reported by DSN on Sept. 1, direct selling companies were among the first to respond to the tragedy, pledging donations and starting fundraising efforts to support disaster efforts. The following is a list of additional direct selling companies that Direct Selling News has become aware of since that initial report that have also pledged support. Messages from their websites or social media posts are in quotes.

AdvoCare

“Our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey this morning as they assess overnight damage and continue to battle flooding, fires and tornados throughout the weekend and into next week. Through our partnership with American Red Cross and Red Cross DFW disaster relief program, we are donating $50,000 and matching dollar for dollar raised through our AdvoCare Red Cross portal up to an additional $50,000. Help us help the Red Cross support all those impacted by this devastating storm.”

Amway

As told to DSN, “Like many others, we have watched closely as Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on the southern Gulf coast of the United States. Our thoughts go out to those impacted by the storm, including the approximately 13,000 Amway distributors who live in the affected region. To assist in the hurricane relief efforts, Amway has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross. In addition, we are matching Amway employee and distributor donations, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 and providing in-kind support to impacted Amway distributors and others benefiting from regional non-profit partner organizations. We hope this donation will help the great residents of the southern Gulf coast as they deal with the lingering effects of the storm and the recovery to follow. We also are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma for potential impacts, in order to determine support for impacted distributors and communities in that region, as well.”

Arbonne

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and all affected in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Hearing about and seeing the posts on social media about how our community of Independent Consultants are aiding relief efforts and personally taking in those affected by the disaster reminds me again of what a special, unique and virtual community Arbonne represents. Arbonne is pulling together essential items we know would be the most helpful during this difficult time, including protein shakes and a variety of personal care products. We have coordinated with a local Houston area non-profit organization that is aiding in the relief efforts for immediate distribution to those in need. … I couldn’t be more proud of our Field for this outpouring of support following the devastating storm. It shows the pure heart of Arbonne and the generous and caring nature of our incredible leaders.” — Arbonne CEO, Kay Zanotti

ARIIX

“The ARIIX Foundation for Human Potential is partnering with the American Red Cross to help bring much-needed relief to the area. The need is very real and we have made it easy to donate to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

Herbalife

“On Sunday Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, shook the Texas coast with torrential rains causing catastrophic floods, according to the National Hurricane Center. Entire communities are facing devastation. Thousands of children and families are in shelters because their homes, cars and personal belongings are completely submerged in the rapidly rising waters. The Herbalife Family Foundation is partnering with the American Red Cross to raise funds that will provide warm meals, shelter, clean water, clothes and hygiene kits to those affected by this disaster. The Red Cross emergency relief efforts have already mobilized volunteers and brought supplies and shelter to many victims. But we need your help! Donate today to help those affected by these devastating floods.”

Isagenix

“Isagenix extends our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers in this time of heartache and devastation. In the wake of so much damage and destruction, we want to do our part to help alleviate the hardship of those who have been impacted by this devastating storm. Already, thousands of our valued customers and team members have been impacted in some way by this disaster. As they begin the healing process, they need to focus on what matters most. To that end, we have taken steps to ensure that if they are actively building an Isagenix business, they are not negatively impacted by this disaster. To assist with relief efforts on a broader scale, we have partnered with local food banks to donate nearly 173,000 non-perishable IsaLean meal replacement bars for distribution throughout the greater Houston area. We are honored and humbled to provide much needed nutrition for those who are suffering from the impact of this devastation. We are also making a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and are asking the extended Isagenix family to consider providing support as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.”

It Works!

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Houston and the Southeast as they continue to experience Hurricane Harvey. The It Works Gives Back Foundation works with non-profit partners to get boots on the ground in Texas and other cities around the U.S. to offer natural disaster relief. Your It Works! Family is here to support you!”

Kyäni

Our Founder Carl Taylor, CMO Andrew Mangeris, and VP of North American Skyleur Steffensen traveled to Texas and gathered other distributors to help contribute and clean up. Founders also matched donations from all distributors. The Kyäni Caring Hands program sent to Texas with Convoy of Hope more than 600,000 meals to be distributed to Hurricane victims.

Le-Vel

Le-Vel has partnered with AmeriCares.org, a foundation recognized for effectively getting relief and critical care to people in need in crisis situations. From August 30–September 7, 2017, the company has been taking donations that will be furnished to AmeriCares.org. For every donation received, Le-Vel is donating triple the amount to AmeriCares (for a donation of $10, Le-Vel will add $20, for a total donation of $30 to AmeriCares) up to a total matching contribution of $250,000. As of today, the current total donation is more than $431,000 with contributions still coming in.

Mannatach

“A MESSAGE FROM THE M5M FOUNDATION: We are proud to partner with Convoy of Hope to deliver nutrition around the world. Today, in the midst of the disaster of Hurricane Harvey we are thankful they are serving and bringing relief to our Texas families!”

Medifast/OPTAVIA

“Over the past few days, we have witnessed the very unfortunate events in the Houston area caused by Tropical Storm Harvey that has, and continues to, devastate many lives. Many of our OPTAVIA Coaches™ and Clients have also been impacted, and we appreciate all of you who have contacted us voicing your desire to help. We have come together as one OPTAVIA Community to help support those in need. A special fundraising effort was put together by our Field leadership through www.youcaring.com where you can contribute to the relief efforts. From our end, the company will also be donating a matching contribution up to $20,000. All the funds will be given to a very reputable charity, All Hands Volunteers. This organization has been vetted, and we are pleased to let you know that they are one of the highest rated among nonprofits when it comes to tangible impact and the percent of funds that are directly used for relief efforts in affected areas. One hundred percent of the funds raised here (and 100% of the corporate match) will go to All Hands Volunteers to support their relief efforts in the affected areas.”

Nature’s Sunshine

“Nature’s Sunshine will donate 10% of NSP U.S. profits on sales from now through September 10 to organizations working toward providing relief for the victims of this historic storm. In order to maximize the impact we can have, please share this information with 10 of your friends, family members, or associates. God bless the people of Texas and Louisiana as they work hard to recover and rebuild. Thank you very much for your support.”

Nu Skin

Nu Skin is accepting donations through its Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation, which Nu Skin will match dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to aid in the rebuilding process. In addition, the company has sent staff to the Houston area to help with cleanup efforts, and is working closely with relief agencies in the affected areas, offering a Relief Hygiene Kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, hand sanitizer and soap which Nu Skin will match 1 for 1) and VitaMeal donations (which Nu Skin will match 1 for 1).

Plexus Worldwide

“At this time, we offer our collective prayers of courage and strength to all those working though this devastation. Our Texas and Louisiana roots run deep—more than 100,000 Plexus® Ambassadors and their families call the area home. Our biggest concern is for the safety and well-being of those Ambassadors and our customers, as well as their families and communities. Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to those affected. Our hope is that relief and recovery from the storm come quickly. To that end, we’ve donated $100,000 to the Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. And, in the spirit of One Plexus, we’ll match any donation you make up to another $100,000. We realize this is a small step toward the massive relief efforts needed in the months and years to come. It’s those collective small contributions of every individual that makes the Plexus family so special—we care for each other and we stand together.” — Tarl Robinson, Plexus Worldwide® CEO

Princess House

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our many Organizers, Consultants, and friends whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding in Texas and Louisiana. And we’re committed to help. Today Princess House is donating $15,000 to the American Red Cross, specifically to go toward the Hurricane Harvey relief effort and our owners Ray and Michael Chambers, through their family foundation, are matching our donation for a total of $30,000.”

Team Beachbody

“In an effort to support the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Beachbody Foundation will donate $1 every time you stream A Week of Hard Labor. Press play on any AWOHL workout between Tuesday, September 5 and Sunday, September 10 to generate up to $100,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.”

Team National

“Praying for everyday heroes, people helping people with Harvey Relief Efforts. Kindness matters. The month of Sept all TN Hope monies collected will be donated to charitable organizations focused on Harvey Relief. Thanks for providing hope & contributing to the butterfly effect.”

Total Life Changes

The company is teaming with the American Red Cross. “The victims of Hurricane Harvey are in need of many essentials like infant formula, diapers, water and of course food. A small donation will have a great impact on helping these families through this catastrophe.”

Tupperware

Tupperware is donating 40 percent of the product purchase price to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The fundraising effort began August 27 and will run for two weeks. 

Youngevity

“So that we may provide as much support as possible for the Relief Workers on the ground in both Texas and Louisiana, Youngevity will now be offering ALL of its BeTheChange Products for this entire week on Double QV. Profits from these proceeds will be used immediately for those who are on the ground saving lives.”

Zurvita

“Zurvita and Zurvita Ministries stands in support of our community, Consultants, and employees that have been affected by Hurricane/ Tropical Storm Harvey and the catastrophic damage and flooding in the Houston area and all along the Texas Gulf Coast. Your gift will be routed through Zurvita Ministries and be used to support the members of the Texas Gulf Coast community that have been impacted and are in need.”

As previously reported, the following companies have made donations or organized fundraisers to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Ambit Energy
Avon
Forever Living
Mary Kay
Melaleuca
Primerica
Stella & Dot
Stream
USANA
WorldVentures
Young Living

Read the previous story here.

We continue to update our coverage and share the industry’s outpouring of love, support and aid to those affected by these natural disasters. If you do not see your company mentioned, please send your updates to editor@directsellingnews.com with Disaster Relief in the subject line.