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Transforming the World Because of Your Kindness

In 2016, we saw firsthand that kindness does change everything!

Thanks to you — our loyal friends and generous corporate and ministry partners — we served a record number of people in 2016. We also saw more donated product come in and be distributed through our supply chain than ever before. There were other significant milestones too — including more than 80 million people served since we were founded in 1994.

All of these accomplishments can be traced back to your trust, kindness and partnership.

As a child, my family relied on the kindness of friends and strangers. I can recall days when our shoes had gaping holes in the soles and our cupboards were bare. But what I remember even more were the days when someone would come by with a bag of groceries or a new pair of shoes — just in the nick of time.

I also remember taking part in a program that enabled children, from families like mine, to attend a San Francisco 49ers game. Fast forward 40 some years. Last December, we partnered with the 49ers and their players at Levi’s Stadium to bring much-needed provisions and hope to impoverished families.

As you can see, Convoy of Hope has been — and will continue to be — on the frontlines charging into disparity, hunger, poverty and suffering with the light of kindness, help and hope.

We believe that with your partnership, when the world is the darkest, we can all shine the brightest. Thank you for the trust, financial support, prayers, partnership and for being determined to transform our world with kindness.

God bless you,

Hal Donaldson

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From The Founders

Benefiting Someone — Somewhere

Dean Stack is one of the 47,000 unsung heroes — volunteers — helping Convoy of Hope bring hope to those who are hungry, impoverished and in need. As a lead volunteer for Hands of Hope, he works at our World Distribution Center every Tuesday night to support our work around the world. Following is a conversation with Dean.  


What do you do for Convoy of Hope?

I’m a lead volunteer here with Hands of Hope. I help coordinate volunteers and operate a forklift.

How long have you been volunteering?

I started volunteering when I heard Convoy was helping with the Joplin tornado in 2011. By 2012, I had become a lead volunteer.

Why do you volunteer?

I just like helping, and this is an easy way to help. When I hear about what Convoy does all around the world and how I can help with the projects they do, it keeps me going and keeps me wanting to come back.

What’s the most rewarding part?

I love hearing about the end result; knowing I played a part, and that my work is benefiting someone, somewhere.

What would you say to someone thinking of volunteering?

You’ve got to do it. Once you do it, you’re going to love it.

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The Unsung Heroes of Convoy of Hope

From time to time I have the opportunity to speak to our staff about volunteers. Every chance I get, I jokingly tell the team I have the best job in the organization because I get to work with volunteers — the people who choose to be here. I get a little chuckle from the team, but the part about me having the best job in the organization is no joke.

Day in and day out, I get to work with people who selflessly give of their time and talents. It’s not about a volunteer just doing something that needs to be done. It’s about people being on the front lines of the ministry by working in the field, teaching others how to start their own businesses and grow their own food, answering our phones, and raising awareness about Convoy of Hope.

We have many types of partners, but one of the most important is our volunteer group. They step out of their comfort zone to help make the world a better place. These men and women aren’t afraid to go to a region of the world they know little about to help someone during their time of need. They come into our office every single week and assist with projects our staff couldn’t begin to do on their own. It would be virtually impossible to do the work we are blessed to do without the thousands of volunteers we engage every year.

It’s safe to say every single day I receive a call or email from a person wanting to be a volunteer at Convoy of Hope. The number of wonderful people in this world so willing to give is never lost on me. The compassion and love our volunteers have for people they don’t know is one of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed. It’s a selflessness, which takes them outside of their own needs or desires to help someone else.

This is my job — getting to talk with, work with, and fellowship with some of the most amazing people in the world. They are the ones who make it possible for Convoy of Hope to do what we do. These people — our Convoy of Hope volunteers — are really the unsung heroes.

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Farmers in North Dakota Find Hope in Every Harvest

Just like most farmers, Russell and Holly Edgar have experienced hardships. The Red River Flood of 1997 caused mass destruction to their land in North Dakota and they were unable to plant crops on half their farm for more than two years. They were forced to sell their equipment and rent out the farm that had been in their family since the 1800’s. But Russell knew that wasn’t the end for them.

“I started thinking about what it would take to build a dairy heifer-raising facility on our land,” Russell explains. “I would wake up some mornings with design ideas.”

In 2004, the Edgars started construction on a 3,000-head facility. Once up and running, they were able to work toward getting their land back.

“I felt like God was telling me that since he had helped us through that difficult time, it was our turn to do something for others,” Russell adds.

Russell spoke with a friend of his who worked with the grain donation program, producing food for Convoy of Hope. Bob and LeAnn Bachman explained the program to the Edgar family, who decided that pinto beans would be the best fit for the children Convoy of Hope serves.

“I decided to donate 20 acres of pinto beans to the feeding program,” Russell says. “I received tremendous favor and reached out to a local bean seed company who donated all the seeds for free.”

Since then, the Edgars continue to donate pinto beans and corn to Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative serving countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and the Philippines. They are proof that there is hope in every harvest.

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