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A good news day for Sapulpa, Springfield, Beckley and New Britain

On Saturday, August 17th our community outreach team was stretched far and wide across the country. With community outreaches in four different states in one day there was four times the excitement and four times the pre-planning, staff, set-up and logistics. Still, all four events came off with great success. Over the weekend my phone seemed like it was buzzing non-stop with text messages from outreach directors and notifications that Convoy of Hope had been mentioned on Twitter. Many of those mentions were by local news agencies who came out to cover the events. Below is just some of the local news coverage I came across. Safe to say, there was a lot of good news for guests of honor on Saturday.

Sapulpa, Okla., 4,936 guests, 804 volunteers, 360 haircuts, 300 family portraits …

Springfield, Mass., 5218 guests, 1520 volunteers, 305 haircuts, 380 family portraits, 500 health exams …

Beckley, W.Va., 3245 guests, 1015 volunteers, 250 haircuts, 350 family portraits …

New Britain, Conn., 4305 guests, 758 volunteers, 385 haircuts, 560 family portraits, 100 health professionals …

Weekend totals:

  • 17,704 guests of honor
  • 4,097 volunteers
  • 1,590 family portraits
  • 1,300 haircuts
  • 245 churches and community organizations
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Community Outreach / In the News / Program Updates

Hope takes teamwork: Drew Brees teams up with Convoy of Hope

More than seven years ago Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans devastated as more than 80 percent of the city went underwater. Many residents wondered where they could find hope in the midst of such adversity. Hope came from an unexpected place.

Following a season of playing all of their games on the road in 2005, the New Orleans Saints began a years-long quest which would eventually culminate in them becoming Super Bowl Champions in 2009. The victory meant more to the city than just a trophy, it was a sign that New Orleans had bounced back. Hope was renewed.

During the long march to the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, the Saints’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback and his teammates, carried the weight of the city on their shoulders and inspired countless fans. Convoy of Hope has partnered with Drew to bring help and hope to the shores of New York and New Jersey, which suffered catastrophic damage after Hurricane Sandy made landfall last fall.

To raise awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief we’re giving away four footballs that Drew autographed while he was with us filming our commercial to run on all domestic American Airlines flights in August.

Convoy of Hope is thankful to be serving with Drew and the Brees Dream Foundation as we continue our campaign to restore homes, lives and hope to our friends on the East Coast.

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Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels. Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels.

Women’s Empowerment Program in 417 Magazine

The current issue of one of Missouri’s premier magazines includes a feature about our women’s empowerment program in Ethiopia. Below is a short excerpt, but the entire story and several great photos of the program can be seen at 417Magazine.com.

This simple plan of educating women, training them for a vocation and helping them get started originally had a goal of graduating 96 women. To date, the program has graduated more than 1,200. Women who were making $11 a month are now making $300. Inspired by the success, Convoy has expanded the program, taking it to Tanzania and eventually El Salvador. After the initial grant for the program ran out, Convoy decided to fund the program and make it its own department.

To Edson, these are not facts and figures that point to the greatness of Convoy; rather, it’s about the women …

See the rest.

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Half of Molokai participates in Convoy of Hope Community Outreach

The following is an excerpt from  story about our recent community outreach in Molokai, Hi., by themolokainews.com

Almost half of Molokai’s estimated population of 7,200 people came out to Kaunakakai Ballfield Saturday evening to take part in Convoy of Hope Hawaii’s event.

Convoy of Hope Hawaii, a faith-based organization, called the event the “Day of Compassion.” Unlike anything that has come to Molokai before, this impressive organizational effort involved 563 volunteers, 12 churches (most of the churches on Molokai) and financial support from numerous individuals and companies.

As residents were funneled into the ball field  volunteers handed out wristbands for specific services, tickets for groceries and information sheets. According to Convoy of Hope, this is what was distributed: 1,200 pairs of children’s shoes, 175 family portraits, 185 haircuts.

An estimated 2,546 guests came to receive free food and/or services. More than 5,000 bags of groceries were distributed. A total of 1,456 guests prayed and received encouragement. A free lunch of stew was also available. Guests also enjoyed musical entertainment, a “Kids Zone,” community services, health services and prayer.

Visit themolokainews.com for the rest of the story and more photos from what was a historical day for Molokai and Convoy of Hope.

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Our recent community outreach in Kansas City, Mo., drew positive attention from local news. Watch this feature from Kansas City’s Fox News 4.

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