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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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Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers hauls tornado debris in Moore, Okla. with Convoy of Hope. Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers hauls tornado debris in Moore, Okla. with Convoy of Hope.

Working hard, bringing hope

After an E-F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013, thousands of individuals began reaching out through social media, by phone, on our website and through email. It was immediately clear that there would be massive needs and an equally massive desire to help. One such message came from the Jonas Brothers who have been partnering with Convoy of Hope since 2009.

Recording artist Joe Jonas arrived in Moore just a few days after the tornado struck, wearing his Convoy of Hope volunteer t-shirt and ready to help. His first few minutes in the field included a live interview with CNN. “Right after we’re done I’m going to be helping clean up with Convoy,” he said to CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin. “I’m looking forward to be working with some of the people there.”

The people Jonas went to work with were a group of about 50 volunteers that over the next two days cleared many homes of debris left by the tornado. Other than the brief moment to snap a picture with a survivor who recognized him, Jonas and crew stayed busy hauling downed trees, destroyed fences and twisted sheet metal out of one yard after the next. On his second day of volunteering, one volunteer leaned over to Joe and with a kind smirk said, “you’re probably the only celebrity spending Memorial Day weekend in work gloves pushing a wheelbarrow.” To that, Jonas smiled then blended back in to the sea of blue shirts working hard to bring hope to the people of Moore.

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Click to listen to Convoy of Hope national spokesperson, Jeff Nene, on KSMU’s Making Democracy Work.

Jeff Nene, our national spokesperson answering email in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake.

Jeff Nene, our national spokesperson answering email in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake.

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