We're working with our nonprofit partners to distribute solar lights and phone chargers to families without power following Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria as well as earthquakes in Mexico. We are also restocking depleted disaster relief aid supplies to ensure that emergency responders can respond whenever there is an urgent need. To date, over 10,000 lights have been pledged for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida, and communities across the Caribbean impacted by this summer's devastating hurricane season and unprecedented earthquakes
Toyota has pledged to match the contributions of our supporters, providing over 3,000 PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Chargers and 750 solar lanterns that will be distributed to our charitable partners in the field.
There are a number of ways you can help support disaster relief efforts, including sponsoring lights and donating directly to nonprofits working on the ground. Help us shine a light on rescue, relief, and recovery.
Over 22,000 lights + phone chargers have been pledged for relief efforts for distribution in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and across the Caribbean! With the power grid destroyed in Puerto Rico, our focus will be getting aid to islanders left in the dark. In the coming weeks, safe light and device charging will be critical for families there. Our PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger will allow those in Puerto Rico to charge phones to contact family members, journalists, relief services and have safe rechargeable light after dark. This disaster relief map shows where lights are being distributed for those affected by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. THANK YOU to all of our supporters who have made this happen!
UPDATE: September 22, 2017
Following the devastating earthquakes in Mexico, we have expanded our disaster relief campaign to include rescue and relief operations in Mexico City and surrounding regions. The first shipment of lights is already on its way to Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross).
Puerto Rico is now also a main focus for our relief efforts following the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria. As of now, power is out for the entire island and all 3.5 million inhabitants. Safe light is more crucial than ever. Join our efforts to expand our impact and help families in Puerto Rico.
UPDATE: September 17, 2017
Wow! Over 10,000 solar lights and phone chargers have been pledged for hurricane relief! These solar devices are being sent to victims of Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Harvey. This region has been hard hit in the last month, and safe light and solar phone charging continues to be crucial.
Following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, our partners Convoy of Hope and ShelterBox are active in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, and the Dominican Republic. We are continuing to monitor conditions across the Caribbean and the Southern United States to direct resources where they are needed most. Together, we are brightening nights for thousands of families affected by the storms.
UPDATE: September 7, 2017
Help us provide families with light after disaster as we extend this campaign for long-term hurricane relief and recovery efforts. Our partner Toyota is matching your support! They have pledged to contribute 3,000 PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Chargers and 740 solar lanterns through our Give Light, Get Light Campaign.
In 2014, Toyota named LuminAID co-founders Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta "Mothers of Invention" at the Women in the World Conference. Fellow Mothers of Invention DayOne Response and WellAware are responding to the need for clean water following Hurricane Harvey. Learn more at ToyotaMOI.com #ToyotaMOI
UPDATE: September 5, 2017
With Hurricane Irma projected to be a Category 5 hurricane, we are expanding our Give Light, Get Light campaign to encompass Hurricane Irma and ensure sufficient stock of of lanterns and chargers will be at-the-ready for future disaster response. With your support, we have already shipped over 1,500 solar lanterns and phone chargers to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and will continue to respond to ongoing need.
Irma is projected to impact many nations and territories where communities could be without power for months, and LuminAID lights will provide impacted families with a source of safe, portable light that can be easily recharged for repeated use.
UPDATE: August 30, 2017
THANK YOU! We hit our goal of 1,000 lights in just 1 day. We have already sent close to this number to our partners in the field, and will continue to send more shipments of lanterns and phone chargers based on their needs. This will be a long recovery process, as many families are homeless or will be without power for some time, so please continue to contribute.
Our primary partner for in-kind relief in the field is Convoy of Hope. They have already sent over 1 million pounds of relief supplies to the people of Texas, with more on the way.
How You Can Help
Give Light, Get Light Package
Buy a light for yourself, and sponsor a light to be distributed by one of our charitable partners for disaster relief. Our relief efforts are focusing on communities affected by hurricanes in the Caribbean and the southern United states, as well as earthquakes in Mexico. See below to learn more about our selected charitable partners and projects. Use the drop-down to choose a specific relief operation.
Looking to just donate a light? Please see the Donate A Light Package. Please note that this purchase is not tax deductible.
1 Donation Confirmation Card with the name of the charity that received your sponsored light
Sponsor a Light: Hurricane Relief
Sponsor a light to be given to our disaster relief aid partners and distributed to a family in need after this summer's devastating Hurricane Season. Your purchase covers the cost of one light that will be sent to one of our charitable partners. Through the support of customers like you, LuminAID has distributed more than 40,000 lights across projects in more than 100 countries.
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization focused on children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response. They have served more than 80 million people to date. Convoy of Hope is consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world, and are highly regarded for their scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, 6 international warehouses, and Mobile Command Center.
LuminAID has chosen to feature Convoy of Hope as our Give Light, Get Light Partner Charity for Hurricane Harvey relief because of their exemplary logistics capacities and experience responding to disasters worldwide. Lights sponsored through the Give Light, Get Light Program will be sent to Convoy of Hope's Springfield, MO distribution center for Hurricane Harvey relief and their other relief work around the world.
ShelterBox is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. No ifs. No buts. ShelterBox is providing tents and solar lights for use in emergency shelters, and is coordinating with the FEMA and state agencies to determine urgent shelter and aid needs.
ShelterBox has been a long time partner of LuminAID in responding to relief efforts all over the world. We are honored to work with them again on efforts close to home. As they do not accept in-kind donations of goods, we are raising funds to donate to Shelterbox USA's dedicated Hurricane Harvey relief fund through the sale of a Limited-Edition PackLite Max USB Lantern.
The Cajun Navy is a group of citizen volunteers from Louisiana who are working in dangerous conditions to rescue people from Hurricane Harvey flooding. They let us know that some of the gear they need the most is waterproof phone chargers.
We are working with them to distribute LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Chargers and lanterns as part of their boat rescue efforts. They're currently following the storm as it heads east from Houston to help people in east Texas and southwestern Louisiana as needed.
Photo Credit: New York Times
Additional Ways to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts
In addition to sponsoring lights above, we encourage you to donate directly to relief organizations on the ground in Texas to support their general operations.
1.6 billion people around the world lack proper access to electricity. Many of these people are forced to rely upon dangerous, toxic, and expensive kerosene lanterns as their primary source of light. Through our Give Light, Get Light program, we partner with NGOs and non-profits all over the world to distribute LuminAID lights to individuals who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source.