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World Kindness Day: Make Kindness the Norm

As we celebrate World Kindness Day, those of us at Convoy of Hope want all of our supporters to remember that the acts of kindness they show every day, no matter how small, make an enormous difference. 

Convoy of Hope recently partnered with the O’Reilly Center for Hope in Springfield, Missouri, to show kindness at their annual Hope Connection event. Hope Connection is a staple for local nonprofits, who join together to provide services to the local homeless population. Like most big gatherings, the format for Hope Connection had to change in big ways during 2020. Instead of meeting on one day in a convention center, the event took place over the course of three separate days to abide by social distancing guidelines and to keep large crowds from gathering. 

During those three days, Convoy of Hope distributed the following to the local homeless population:

  • 300 sets of groceries
  • 600 Theraworx hygiene wipes
  • 3,000 Bombas socks
  • 100 hygiene kits
  • 100 Luminaid lanterns

Bryan came to Hope Connection as part of his restart on life. “I was in prison, got out in January, but lost my job because of COVID-19. I’ve been homeless for a while.”

Thankfully, the resources he’s received through the O’Reilly Center for Hope, which included food and supplies through Convoy of Hope, are setting him up for success. “I thought [the lantern] was really interesting. I’ll find a good use for it.”

People need kindness shown to them now more than ever, and we’re honored to partner with people and organizations who are truly making a difference in their communities.

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Community Outreach

Cleveland Volunteer Transforms Life and Community

Cliff Watson knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed and forgotten. This is why, as the administrative pastor at Providence Baptist Church, he recently helped Convoy of Hope hold Community Events in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Cliff is doing everything he can to help those in his hometown who also resonate with feelings of rejection. 

Cliff’s early life was filled with strife and trauma. “At 12 or 13 years old, I started selling drugs and kind of got into the whole life of the drug world. I just kind of began to live that life for a while,” he says. “I dropped out of high school. My daughter was born when I was 17 years old. People were saying I wouldn’t live to be 20.”

Thankfully, Cliff admitted himself into a local program that helped him to earn his GED, deal with his legal troubles, and get a job. It also inspired him to help others who are living through the same struggles he once did.

Originally, the Convoy of Hope Community Event was designed to be a larger gathering at Luke Easter Park. Once the pandemic became a concern, the event turned into a drive-thru point of distribution (POD). After the city expressed unease about the event taking place at the park, it was redirected to the two campuses of Providence Baptist Church: one in Euclid and one in Cleveland.

An hour before the event, people were already lined up and ready to go through the POD drive-thru. Police officers helped to direct traffic and serve Guests of Honor. In total, the event provided more than 5,000 bags of groceries to those in need.

“That’s why I’m partnered with Convoy of Hope in the first place; it really fits into the bigger picture of community transformation,” Cliff explained. “Before a shovel is ever lifted, before any money and all of those things are distributed, and before a project is even talked about, we just want you to know … that we love you, there is hope, and we can show you that there is hope by bringing hope in on a truck.”

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