Reblogged from borderzine.com.
The rainy, windy, and freezing weather didn’t stop the Convoy of Hope from going far and beyond the call of generosity on its first visit to El Paso.
Many families in the area went to the El Paso County Coliseum on November 23 and stood in the cold in the hope of getting some much needed groceries at no cost.
The Convoy of Hope is an international faith-based non-profit organization that delivers food and provides many services to underprivileged people in the U.S. and around the world. Hal Donaldson founded Convoy of Hope in 1994 in Springfield MO, after members of the community joined forces to help him and his family recover after a drunk driver killed his father and incapacitated his mother.
El Paso Convoy of Hope [volunteer] spokeswoman Lorayn Melton said that the needy families that attended the event were the guests of honor. “We wanted them to feel like that,” she said.
Attendees could be seen carrying bags of groceries as well as clothes, but as festive as the event was with bands playing on a stage, games, jumping balloons, and a puppet show for the kids, most people just stayed in the warm tents where furnaces and services such as free hair cuts, health check-ups, and free family portraits were available.
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