We had the opportunity to partner with our friends in Kansas City to put on an event in Swope Park where we served more than 1,300 guests of honor with free goods and services. Volunteers braved the rain and shared their hearts of compassion with each person attending the event.
Thousands of volunteers rally on Friday night before the community event. A Convoy of Hope volunteer testing out her volunteer shirt for the big day. Saturday morning starts off with a wedding for a couple who wants their first act of marriage to be volunteering with Convoy of Hope. Volunteers pack thousands of bags of groceries in the rain. Organic meals for kids are available along with recipes to easily make the meals at home. Our national partner, Plum Organics, provides organic child food products to guests of honor. Kristen, 9, came with thousands of books that she had collected to give away to guests of honor. King, a volunteer, grew up here, faced homelessness and now aspires to empower his community to help one another. Guests received haircuts, groceries, clothes, shoes and more. Our friends at the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) served more than 400 women on Saturday. NBCF partners with Convoy of Hope to provide breast health education, support and early detection service to underserved women. Kids enjoy face painting, balloons and pony rides in the Kids Zone. Guests of Honor recieve a new pair of socks and shoes. Local stylists volunteer their time to provide haircuts. Convoy of Hope partners with many local organizations to offer an array of health services. A hot meal and refreshments are available to all guests of honor. A Convoy of Hope volunteer taking time to connect with a guest of honor. Many guests need help back to their cars or the bus because of all the groceries available. More than 35,000 pounds of groceries. Guests of honor and volunteers leave knowing that their community cares and hope starts here.