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Community Outreaches serve up hope in three cities

TACOMA, Wash. – Families from all walks of life gathered at Tahoma High School early this morning in this suburb of Seattle to experience a day full of celebration and giving at a stop on our Community Outreach Tour. More than 6,500 guests came through the gates, forming the largest line at our Kids Zone, where much needed school supplies were handed out to low-income families.

“With the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, we were able to reach thousands of people, many of which included children who were in need of new shoes, a haircut and basic school supplies,” says Darwin Boston, our outreach director for the Tacoma outreach. “It was a great day.”

Barb, a grandmother who came to the outreach with her three young granddaughters, couldn’t afford to send the girls to school with school supplies.

“I’m so thankful for this help,” says Barb, as a volunteer trimmed her granddaughter’s bangs. “I was a little cranky this morning but this was the uplift I needed!”

We also greeted upwards of 4,300 guests of honor in Cheyenne, Wyo., and more than 900 in Springfield, Mo., today bringing the grand total to 11,751 guests of honor in three cities.

In Cheyenne, the first guest in line for the outreach told volunteers she hadn’t eaten in three days. Today, she got a free meal and bags of groceries to take home.

We were once again proud to work with partners in each city, along with our national partners Plum Organics and the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). The NBCF had more than 900 women visit their tent in Tacoma and Plum Organics gave away their products to guests in Tacoma and Cheyenne.

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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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The two families pictured at the Orlando outreach represent eight children who will soon start school. They're saving their new shoes for the first day. The two families pictured at the Orlando outreach represent eight children who will soon start school. They're saving their new shoes for the first day.

Community Outreaches in San Benito and Orlando

We were honored to host more than 7,000 guests of honor at community outreaches in Orlando, Fla., and San Benito, Texas last weekend. More than $1 million in goods and services were distributed including free groceries, shoes, health screenings and more.

“We met families with children who were so happy to get new shoes just before school starts,” says Ron Showers, senior director – community enrichment. “We’re just honored to be able to facilitate events where people come together to help one another.”

More than 1,100 volunteers and numerous local organizations, churches and agencies were essential partners in the outreaches. It’s couldn’t be more true to say that we are doing so much more together than we could apart.

At a recent community outreach event in Wichita, Kan., 100 local churches, businesses and agencies joined together to serve more than 6,300 guests of honor, some of which lined up for the event before dawn.

“We’ve gotten off to a great start in 2013,” says Showers. “So far this year, we’ve served more than 32,000 people and we have more than a dozen stops to make before the end of the year.”

View our 2013 schedule of community outreach events. 

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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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