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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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A volunteer phone call

To work with volunteers at Convoy of Hope is to daily dive into phone calls, emails, texts, Facebook messages, tweets etc. A red light on my desk phone is a nearly constant reminder of messages and missed calls. Honest moment; I used to be worse at checking voicemails.

Recently, I spent some time adventuring back through old and missed voice mails. As I jotted notes and numbers I came across a young lady named Amanda who left a voicemail inquiring about volunteering. Along with probably 20 other messages I took down her information and called her back. Below is my recollection of our conversation:

Amanda: Hello

Me: Is this Amanda?

Amanda: Yes

Me: Hey Amanda, this is Lisa Nene from Convoy of Hope and I was calling to talk to you about volunteering with us.

Amanda: Yeah, oh great. I was wondering how to get involved with Convoy of Hope. How did you know to call me?

Me: Well, I got your voice message that mentioned you and your kids wanted to get involved with Convoy.

Amanda: What voice mail? I haven’t left you a voice mail. I was just telling some people I work with that I wanted to get involved with Convoy, but didn’t know how.

Me: Really? This is Amanda right? Is your phone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx?

Amanda then proceeded to tell me her number was one number off of what I had written down. How crazy is that? I receive a voice message, I finally listen to it, then I barely dial the wrong number and I get another young Amanda who’s been wanting to volunteer but didn’t know how.

Some may call this coincidence. I think there’s more to it, and if my shortcomings can accomplish God’s good plans, that’s awesome!

Phones and voice mails get more respect from me these days. I’m on the phone a lot and returning messages often. The phone has been the bridge between Convoy and hundreds of volunteers that come out weekly to Hands of Hope on Tuesday nights in our warehouse. Lately my phone has helped me coordinate volunteers in Colorado where we helped those devastated by the floods and in Springfield for a recent 5K.

Not everyone gets Amanda’s special treatment, you will likely have to contact us before we contact you. You can do so here. 

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Photo Credit: Taylor Peissner Photo Credit: Taylor Peissner
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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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