Great Shape! Inc. empowers the children and families of Jamaica and the Caribbean by providing access to education and health care.
On September 12th, 1988 Hurricane Gilbert decimated Jamaica. Dumping nearly 30 inches of rain, flash flooding caused 45 deaths and more than $4.0 billion USD in damages. It’s been proven that the founders of Great Shape! “create family” wherever they stand… and our Jamaican family suffered. Co-founders, Myrtle Franklin, Georgene Crowe and Gretchen Lee jumped into action in Ashland, OR. They threw a Reggae party, gathered supplies and arrived on the first plane allowed to land on the island after the storm.
Great Shape! Inc. evolved from a duffel bag charity, to leading some of the world’s largest, international, humanitarian projects. The original “Ms. Merkle” as Jamaicans called Ms. Franklin passed on in 1996, her spirit lives on in the work of Great Shape! and her fellow Great Shape! founders.