City: New York

From Being Served to Serving: One Family’s Transformation Started at a Convoy Event

When siblings Joshua and Liz Campos found a Community Event flyer on their front door, they knew their family had to attend. Their dad, Roberto, had been hospitalized for nine months, and it was a struggle for their mother, Martitza, to keep the family afloat. “When Liz gave me the flyer, it was like an answered prayer for a mother,” Maritza says.

The Convoy of Hope Community Event was far away for a family with no transportation, but they walked the four hours to be there. “I came in to the event, and every 5 or 6 meters was another person saying, ‘Welcome!’ or ‘God bless you!’” Roberto recalls.

Joshua felt the same. “Everyone was welcoming, they wanted to be friends. And then, out of nowhere, I was blessed with new sneakers that I could actually play in!”

That was six years ago. Every year since, the family has volunteered at that Community Event in their neighborhood. “Our feeling in our heart was we want to share what they gave us, because we want to make people feel what we felt when we first came here,” Maritza says. “We’re not the same people we were. Convoy of Hope was a lifesaver for us.”
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