At every one of our Community Outreach events, we hold a Friday Night Rally for the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of volunteers who will help with the event the following day. At a recent rally for Convoy of Hope in Leesburg, Va., as a video about Convoy of Hope was playing, a young man named Justin texted a question to his family across the country, asking if they had ever heard of Convoy of Hope. His family was located in Joplin, Mo., and had been directly affected by the tornado that ravaged the community in 2011. Convoy of Hope helped feed this family for weeks after the tragedy. It turns out that this young man and his dad had simply volunteered to serve at this event and it became exponentially more meaningful to them when they realized that Convoy of Hope had helped their family in a time of disaster. Now, they were able to help give back through an organization that had given so much to their extended family in Joplin.
The next day, Justin was one of 700 volunteers who served the more than 3,000 people that came to the Community Outreach in Leesburg to receive real help and hope. Mobile Hope was present with an RV on site and served over 500 people with clothing for kids and teenagers who are homeless or experience home insecurity. Walgreens showed up with flu shots and administered over 200 of them. This was a perfect picture of how a community can come together to serve their neighbors with contagious hope. The Convoy Leesburg showed the potential of what people do when they receive hope and look to return it to others.
The Convoy Leesburg Quick Facts:
Guests of Honor: 3085
Churches and Organizations: 46
Family Portraits: 550
Walgreens Flu Shots: 200