City: Kansas City

The marriage of Jeff and Niki is the first to ever take place on the day of a Convoy of Hope community event. The marriage of Jeff and Niki is the first to ever take place on the day of a Convoy of Hope community event.

A first for Convoy of Hope

Our Signature Event in Kansas City, Mo., started out just like any other, except for one big thing – a wedding. Early in the morning under the pavilion at Swope Park, Jeff and Niki exchanged vows in front of hundreds of people. Some familiar faces were in attendance, but a lot of their guests were new friends and fellow volunteers.

The couple volunteered in the past and wanted their first act as husband and wife to be serving together to help others and that’s exactly what they did. Despite the rain, the newlyweds and more than 1,200 other volunteers helped make the day an unforgettable one for many.Kansas-City_JUN2014_3L2A4439

The weather did not keep the volunteers from giving their all to serve guests of honor and they never seemed to get discouraged. During one of the heavy downpours, hundreds of volunteers came together to pack groceries that would be later be handed out to guests. Because of their hard work and dedication, the gates opened on time and all services including free food, groceries, haircuts, medical exams and much more were offered to guests of honor. Volunteers laughed and smiled as they provided guests with hope and words of encouragement. Kansas-City_JUN2014_3L2A4512

Terrie, a single mother attending the event, referred to it as “a community of love.” Terrie and her son have been through some difficult times, but felt comfort in knowing they could leave their troubles behind and look forward to the future. “No matter how alone you feel, Convoy of Hope brings people together that care and it gives you hope,” Terrie says. Kansas-City_JUN2014_3L2A4664

Convoy of Hope held Signature Events in Kansas City and Higashimatsushima, Japan, Saturday changing the lives of thousands. For more information on events coming to your area, please visit convoyofhope.org/events.

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