Delivering Hope Since 1994

Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 65 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. We are proud that we work through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

We do this by:

ENGAGING

Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

CARING

We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

NOURISHING

More than 145,000 children in 11 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

GROWING

Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

RESPONDING

Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

PARTNERING

We empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

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I never knew

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, my family and I have so much to be grateful for. I wanted to share the story of some very special members of my family that remind me every day how important it is to be thankful.

The story begins in 1969 when a car accident killed my father and debilitated my mother. My brothers and sister and I were hurting and the biggest question remaining was who would possibly be willing to take four young children into their home.

It was a family named the Davis’ who raised their hand and said they would take us in.

The Davis’ didn’t have a big home; they lived in a small trailer with two children of their own. They didn’t have a big bank account but they had big hearts. I recall that day when we arrived at their trailer and nervously walked up to the front door asking ourselves,

“Do they really want us, will they keep us?” As we approached the front door of the trailer, it swung open and there stood Bill Davis with a warm and inviting smile.

As we shuffled inside, Bill and LouVada gave us big hugs and assured us,

“You are with family and this is your home.”

Davis' blop photo

The Davis’ were not only willing to share their home but also willing to share in our sorrow and pain. They modeled discipline and tough love at times but also true “compassion” which literally means to “suffer with.” To us they modeled what it meant to live life with hope.

And that has been a core value of Convoy of Hope. To be with families after a disaster when they have lost everything. To be with children and their families at our citywide outreaches who are struggling to make it. To be with children that are going hungry and to believe they will one day be the hope for their nation.

When Convoy of Hope was about to cross the threshold of serving 50 million people, we decided to host a celebration in Concord, Calif., —

the town where we grew up but also the place where it seemed hope had been lost one tragic day. Concord also represents where the dream for Convoy of Hope was born. So we called the event, “Celebration of Hope.”

It was an unforgettable evening to see so many friends who encouraged us and supported Convoy of Hope from the very beginning. As the evening was about to conclude there was this family seated off to the right who thought they were there to just share in the celebration but they were the finale — The Davis’ more than 40 years after they changed our lives.

There are many Bill & LouVada Davis’ here who have faithfully supported Convoy of Hope and other worthy organizations.

We are grateful for past, present and new partners that will join this movement of hope by giving generously.

When we combine hope and compassion and live generously I believe God smiles.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

 

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From The Founders / Inspiration

Limitless Holiday Match Campaign

Join Convoy of Hope this holiday season to help the poor and suffering around the world by doubling any financial gift you give. Recently, one of Convoy of Hope’s long-time friends generously offered an unlimited match that will double any gift given to our Feed the World Fund — Thanksgiving day through Christmas day.

When should I give?

Anytime starting Thanksgiving day and running through Christmas day.

How much should I give?

This limitless matching challenge gift will mean twice as many bags of groceries for struggling families at our Community Events — twice as many children fed — twice as much emergency aid in the aftermath of disasters. Any gift you make will double the impact you make.

Where do I give?

Starting Thanksgiving day you can give online at convoyofhope.org/limitless

Thank you in advance for joining with us by bringing hope to the world this holiday season and throughout the year.

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Convoy of Hope Europe: Alik’s story

Alik is an inspiration. As a child, he lost the use of both legs from disease and learned to walk on his hands, dragging his legs behind. But this didn’t stop him from attending a Convoy of Hope Europe event in Glinjeni three years ago.

Since then the COHEU team has stayed in close contact with Alik. They provided him with new furniture and renovated and cleaned his home and property. He was also given a modified bike that he pedals with his hands. Thanks to the bike, Alik is finally able to transport himself independently for the first time in his life.

Read more of Alik’s story at COHEU’s website.

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Sarah developed a heart for Haiti and the people she served. Sarah developed a heart for Haiti and the people she served.

Trees for Sarah

In April, 19-year-old Sarah Bryhan traveled to Haiti with a Convoy of Hope Compassion Team. Sarah and fellow students from Bellevue Christian Center in Nebraska served in a variety of roles during their time which included working with children, packing food at the warehouse and planting trees.

Deforestation is a major issue in Haiti, so part of the group’s goal was to work on a large scale reforestation project. Sarah was drawn to this project and quickly developed a heart for Haiti and the people she served.

Just days after she returned home from her trip, Sarah was killed in a car accident. Because of her passion for Haiti, her family and friends came together to set up a memorial fund that will allow Convoy of Hope to continue to plant more trees.

“When she got back from Haiti, she had such a bright face and big eyes when she talked about her work there,” says Serina Bullington, Sarah’s mother. “We felt a great way to honor Sarah would be to raise money to plant fruit trees for future Haitian generations.”

They have already raised more than $6,900, which will allow future teams to not only plant fruit trees during future trips, but also honor Sarah’s memory. Sarah’s parents plan to visit Haiti in 2015.

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