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Giving Tuesday Now

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow — a global day of giving and unity addressing the needs caused by COVID-19. All around the world, people are using today as an opportunity to leverage the power of generosity to remain connected, heal, and help others.

As Convoy of Hope continues to supply millions of meals to those hit hardest by the pandemic, you can join us by supporting our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative. We’ve made it easy with these digital assets you can download for free. You can also start a Facebook fundraiser, give online, or just be extra kind to others.

However you decide to go “beyond” today, know it will make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Be sure to spread the word and share with us on social media! You can follow Convoy of Hope on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ConvoyofHope!

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Online Retailer Gives Back During Crisis

Leticia Cline anticipated that things were going to get busy for her and her staff.

She owns Genuine Replacement Parts, which offers the largest selection of appliance parts available on the internet. As soon as stay-at-home orders went into effect at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leticia thought more people might turn to the internet for their replacement part needs. She was right, and their business saw growth.

Leticia and her team knew they had to do something more during these difficult times. Giving back was nothing new — it was something that she, husband Jack, and office manager Cody Bowling have built into the company’s DNA.

“We believe the heart of what we do is taking care of those around us” says Cody. “Starting with our own staff and reaching out to our community, we need to make a difference for the hurting and those in need.”

There are several criteria that Leticia and the team look for when considering charitable partners, They want the dollars they donate to stretch as far as possible and help as many people as possible. Specific things — like overhead costs, a good charity rating, and a trusted reputation — matter a lot to them.

Having previous worked with Convoy of Hope through her church, Leticia did some more research into our COVID-19 response. She knew she’d found the partner her company was looking for.

“There are so many people hurting right now in our own community and in our own country,” she said. “You guys have hit the ground running, delivering food, delivering hope, delivering what people need.”

She quickly made a donation to the 10 Million Meals initiative, which has delivered more than 10 million meals to vulnerable communities suffering from the economic fallout caused by the virus. As a business owner, she hopes other companies that are doing well amidst the crisis would act to help others, too.

“We have a responsibility to take care of each other. Not everybody is as blessed and fortunate as we are, and we should reach out and take care of them during these tough times. I would challenge them to do so.”

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Even in Disaster, People Help Others

There’s a story often told in popular movies, television, books, and video games — when disaster strikes, society crumbles and people turn against each other. It’s a fear that many people can have now during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fortunately, that is a myth.

A research group within the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has  found that “disaster victims are assisted first by others in the immediate vicinity and surrounding area and only later by official public safety personnel […] The spontaneous provision of assistance is facilitated by the fact that when crises occur, they take place in the context of ongoing community life and daily routines — that is, they affect not isolated individuals, but rather people who are embedded in networks of social relationships.” 

In other words, society does not collapse during and after a disaster. Instead, people spontaneously come together to face the difficulties before them and recover as a community.

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, there was a delay in getting relief supplies to the affected area as response organizations had to find creative ways to even get to the island. During that time, Puerto Ricans could have lost hope and abandoned one another — but that didn’t happen. “The circumstances have obligated people to work together,” said Sarah, a second-grade teacher in Puerto Rico. “Everybody has to depend on each other.”

Convoy of Hope sees compassion overcome fear day after day, disaster after disaster. Whether it’s following a disaster or facing poverty, we join with people all over the world to strengthen communities and share kindness in the good times and the bad.

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Five Ways to Make this Your Kindest Year Yet

1. Set up a recurring donation, and budget for it.

Find a cause that you’re passionate about! At Convoy of Hope, we offer opportunities for others to help women in developing countries start their own business, feed children that don’t have access to regular nutritious meals, respond to disasters around the world, support communities across the United  States, and offer opportunities to the working poor. Donating to an organization you care about doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Determine a budget and stick to it. Every donation — no matter how large or small — can make a huge difference. Through Convoy of Hope, just $10 can feed a child in need for an entire month.

2. Volunteer!

Whether you live in a big city or a small town, there are needs in your community. Contact your local U.S. Chamber of Commerce to learn how you can get involved with nearby organizations. Or visit your favorite charity’s website, to find out how you can help. At Convoy of Hope, there are lots of opportunities to volunteer at one of our Community Events. We also offer the chance to volunteer at our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, every Tuesday night.* Visit convoy.org/get-involved to learn more. 

3. Buy from brands that give back. 

When you go to the store, how do you choose which brands to buy? Taste? Price? Packaging? What about the brand’s impact on the needs of the world? Convoy of Hope has great corporate partners that are helping us spread hope. By shopping their stores or buying their products, you can help support us! Brands like Hello Bello, Hormel Foods, and Home Depot are just a few that help us give back to those in need. You can learn more about how your favorite brands give back by visiting their websites.

4. Hunt for kind opportunities.

You can find ways to show kindness every day. You just have to keep an eye out for them! Hold the door open for someone, let another driver into your lane in traffic, or buy someone’s meal at a restaurant — each day brings you new opportunities to show kindness to those around you. Today and every day, do the next kind thing in front of you. 

5. Build a kindness team.

Challenge your friends, family, or coworkers to join you in your kindness crusade! Invite someone to volunteer with you or see who can do the most acts of kindness for a month. When you encourage others to join you in spreading kindness, your reach extends even further! 

 

*These events are on a break until January 21, 2020.

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Inspiration / Join the Convoy / Volunteering

Treating others as a Guest of Honor

Convoy of Hope began hosting Community Events 25 years ago. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of Guests of Honor — from New York to Hawaii, Washington to Florida, and everywhere in between — in more than 1,200 cities in the United States. 

Guests of Honor are our neighbors, co-workers, the people we see at church each Sunday, the grocery check-out clerk, or the person asking for help on the corner. They are the families who need a hand-up during difficult times, individuals living on the fringes of poverty, and those who are barely making it paycheck to paycheck. They are people we all know and love and want to help. 

They are people like Carly. It had already been a long day for Carly before she attended the Wichita Convoy of Hope Community Event with her family. She’d worked eight hours at one job; after the event, she would be going to her second job. 

Carly and her family have attended the Community Event for four years in a row. She and her kids go to every area: haircuts, shoes, Kids Zone to receiving backpacks, and groceries at the end. The haircuts are particularly of value. The only time Carly’s daughters receive haircuts are when they attend Community Events.

When asked why she keeps returning, she says, “Convoy is one of the most understanding and respectful organizations. They treat you like a person. Like you’re just another person that deserves something. They don’t look down on you. They don’t treat you different. They don’t talk to you like you’re a 5-year old kid. You don’t get that. People in our situations don’t get that.” 

Her entire family feels connected to the event. In fact, her oldest daughter decided to be a volunteer this year. “We’re hoping by next year, we won’t need the services, and then we can all come back and volunteer,” Carly says. “They’ve helped us, so we try to give back if we can.”  

Carly and her family are striving to be like the Camposes — Guests of Honor who went to their first event several years ago when they were having a tough time. The flyer they received highlighted free services that they needed.

“When I came to the Convoy of Hope event, and every five or six meters is one person, smiling and saying, ‘Welcome. You’ve been welcome. God bless you.’ Wow. This is what I needed,” said Roberto Campos. “I believe the people received me and this changed my life.” 

Since then, the entire Campos family has volunteered at their local Community Event for five consecutive years. Coming full circle from receiving to giving back — showing other Guests of Honor in their community the same level of dignity and respect they were shown. 

Since 1994, Convoy of Hope Community Events have served more than 2 million Guests of Honor around the United States — people like Carly and the Camposes — who simply need hope in a time of need. To learn more about Community Events, visit convoyofhope.org/events

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