State: California

Volunteers Pack Care Kits for Mothers in Need

Volunteers are crucial to Convoy of Hope. Some participate in Community Events, drive tractor-trailers, or clean up after disasters. Mariner’s Church in Irvine, California, recently contributed by packing 2,000 boxes of baby care kits one Sunday afternoon.

“Whether you have a lot of money or not a lot of money, or you have a lot of time or a short amount of time, it’s kind of a perfect volunteer opportunity for anybody,” Debbie Verdecia said.

Debbie is a lead volunteer at Mariner’s Christian Church and has been partnering with Convoy of Hope to host “packing parties” for three years. Her relationship with Convoy began years ago when she joined clean-up crews to serve communities struck by disasters in Houston and the Bahamas.

“To come and fill these boxes is one thing,” she said. “But when you’ve been able to see where it ends up and you’ve been able to see people in real need, that cemented it for me that this is where I want to be.”

The baby care kits that volunteers at Mariner’s Church packed will be distributed to mothers in need after a disaster.

“I think in a disaster situation, there are a lot of things that people lose,” Matt Smith, another volunteer, said. “They lose homes and material possessions, but probably the most difficult thing that they lose sometimes is a sense of hope. And what we’re able to do is come into the situation that’s probably very dark and very desperate and provide some glimmer of light, some glimmer of hope.”Thanks to volunteers like those at Mariner’s Church, thousands of people around the world will be given that hope when they need it most. To find out more about how you can volunteer to pack care kits, click here.

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Convoy of Hope Delivers Hope for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many families are looking forward to it eagerly. For others, however, the holidays are particularly difficult. The holiday seasons of more conventional years presented their own set of challenges, but the health and financial issues impacting many communities this year threaten to make the next few months extraordinarily challenging. Convoy of Hope’s Hope for the Holidays events were created to help combat these challenges.

Convoy of Hope’s Hope for the Holidays events were planned to bring hope and help to families in need,” explained Dianna Mulheron of Convoy of Hope’s Community Events team. “2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges: illness, loss of wages, and uncertainty of the future. For families who are struggling, the holidays can be very stressful. The goal is to relieve some of that stress by providing groceries and other goods so families can relax and enjoy one another.” 

These strategic events follow a drive-thru distribution model to help keep volunteers and Guests of Honor safe. These distribution sites are equipped with groceries, socks, and in some cases, even turkeys. The events will take place in 10 major cities across the United States and will primarily be hosted by local church campuses.

“Seeing guests being welcomed and supported without judgement or expectation is the heart behind what we do,” Dianna concluded. “Knowing that Convoy of Hope can provide resources that enables this brings us great joy during this holiday season.”

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