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The Pack Shack Party

Just got an email from Bret Raymond, executive director of The Pack Shack, a new Northwest Arkansas anti-hunger organization dedicated to bringing people together in a “crazy fun party setting to pack healthy meals” to benefit local hunger relief organizations. Bret was writing with an update on NWA vs. Hunger, their kickoff event that recently benefitted Convoy of Hope and several other great relief organizations. Here are few sentences from Bret’s email …

“Now … the final meal count. Over two days, more than 900 people packed a total of 215,136 meals! That’s some serious funnel awesomeness! Way to go! The meals were distributed to the NWA Food Bank, 7 Hills Homeless Center, the Manna Center, and Convoy of Hope. And the meals that were given to 7 Hills on Friday afternoon were distributed on Saturday morning through their GO 7 Outreach program. Talk about immediate impact right here in NWA! As for the food [plus] drive, we estimate that 3,000-4,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated, along with 19 slow cookers, 1 blender, a rake and shovel, and a bunch of kitchen utensils! Beyond that, the AARP Foundation donated $10,000 to the NWA Food Bank’s senior mobile pantry program! Overwhelming generosity from every direction!”

Think Bret and The Pack Shack are passionate about fighting hunger? We do, and we’re proud to have them has partners.

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O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center

Dress Casual, Do Good

People are always coming up with new ways to raise money. They have bake sales, car washes, benefit concerts and other events simply to support what they believe in. As an organization who relies on the compassion of others, we are impressed with the unique ways people decide to give. O’Reilly Auto Parts (headquartered in Springfield) has been a partner of Convoy of Hope for many years. They recently held a campaign focused on helping us make a significant impact in the lives of those in need.

“Casual for a Cause” is a day that takes place each month at the O’Reilly corporate offices giving employees the opportunity to dress more comfortably—for good reason. Each January, Convoy of Hope has been chosen as O’Reilly’s benefiting charity for Casual for a Cause. This January, they raised more than $1,200 from employees that decided to dress-down and support Convoy of Hope.

“O’Reilly has always been proud to partner with such a great organization and we feel that our contributions to Convoy of Hope have always been very much appreciated,” says Julie Gray, director of corporate services. “This is just our way of giving back in the communities in which we live and work.” Each of O’Reilly’s 4,000-plus stores in the country has an advertising/donation budget to use within their community.

We would like to thank our friends at O’Reilly Auto Parts for their continued partnership and willingness to bring help and hope to those who are hurting all over the world.

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Hezzy and Monet are proud to receive brand new free school supplies at a recent Tacoma, Wash., community outreach. Hezzy and Monet are proud to receive brand new free school supplies at a recent Tacoma, Wash., community outreach.

Giving Tuesday with Convoy of Hope

At Convoy of Hope we believe in giving and today on #GivingTuesday we’re celebrating by asking you to believe in it with us. While this day has only been around a couple years, the concept of giving isn’t so new. Some pretty incredible people have made a big deal about giving.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Here on our blog we don’t do a lot of asking people to make donations. We believe that if we tell our story, people will be compelled by their own generosity to join with us by giving.

So, here’s our story. At a young age, brother’s Hal, Dave and Steve Donaldson lost their father in a car accident that also left their mother badly injured. The sustaining generosity of neighbors and local churches that they experienced during that time inspired them to found Convoy of Hope in 1994. Since then, Convoy of Hope has served 62 million people in more than 100 countries through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.

“Give and it will be given to you.”
– Jesus

Our story is all about giving. It’s friendly neighbors giving to a hurting Donaldson family. Then, it’s the Donaldson brothers giving groceries out of the backs of pick-ups in the early nineties. Very quickly our story grew to include volunteers and generous donors giving early on. In 2013 it’s been giving hope and helpful resources to guests of honor at 35 community outreaches across the U.S., giving education and start-up funding to empower women, giving agricultural education to thousands of farmers in Haiti, giving food and nutrition to 126,000 children in our feeding initiative and giving immediate relief and hope to survivors of 15 disasters all around the world.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

We’d be honored to have you visit our donation page to take part in nearly 20 years of giving hope this Giving Tuesday.

 

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Nearly 700 participants showed up early for the Springfield, Mo., Running With Convoy. Nearly 700 participants showed up early for the Springfield, Mo., Running With Convoy.

This year’s Running With Convoy 5k in Springfield, Mo., raised upwards of $40,000 that will help us to continue to add more children and countries like Tanzania to our Children’s Feeding Initiative. The weather was crisp, clear and sunny. Competitive runners and families alike stretched, found friends and enjoyed fresh brewed Heroes coffee as they eagerly awaited race time. Nearly 700 runners participated to help feed more than 126,000 children around the world. Hard-working volunteers, 107 of them, came out to make the race, food, fun and games all perfect for our runners. By the time everyone had crossed the finish-line, the bouncy houses were full of kids, great food was nourishing runners’ wobbly legs and results began to roll in.

Running With Convoy Results

Top Overall Male Finisher: | Mark Johnson | 17:42

Top Overall Female Finisher | Rosie Laughlin |20:54

Top Fundraiser | Joshua Gurney | $740

Top Fundraising Team | University Plaza Hotel | $1,503

Largest Team | Assemblies of God HQ | 20 Participants

 If you were in any way involved, thank you!

Get full Running With Convoy results here.

Do you want to keep Running With Convoy? Join our team for the Bass Pro Outdoor Fitness Festival.

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