A Game-Changing Moment
In January 1994, the Northridge Earthquake hit Southern California, and a relief agency contacted Howard requesting a donation of vitamins for victims. Using his connections in the natural products industry, Howard made it happen. Soon after, he learned how inexpensive vitamin A supplementation is, the dramatic impact it can have on a child’s life, and how few children who truly needed it had access to it. He started Vitamin Angels just three weeks later.
In its first year, Vitamin Angels gave over 100,000 vitamins to families in need. Howard took out a 3rd mortgage on his home to keep the organization going while it relied on all-volunteer staff and few resources for years.
Despite all the challenges, nothing could slow Howard. Not even the loss of his home in 2009 to the Jesusita fire in Santa Barbara, California, where Vitamin Angels established its headquarters. With the same determination, and help from the team of supporters he gathered along the way, Howard continued to press on towards a healthier world.
A Growing Legacy
More than twenty years later, Vitamin Angels continues to grow and expand its reach to more mothers and children in need in more countries around the world. Howard’s organization has come a long way from its humble beginnings yet he continues to lead the team of now 35 individuals with the same care, love, and passion that were there at the start.