State: Washington

Inclement Weather Turns to Hope & Provision In Seattle Community

“The event was a success!” Pastor James Reyes of Charisma Seattle said. “To see those faces with tears and laughter, it made all of the preparation and hard work worth it.”

The odds were not in Pastor James’ favor as the date for Charisma Seattle’s walk and drive-thru grocery distribution drew nearer. Weather forecasts called for rain, hail, and snow throughout the weekend. Thankfully, the weather held off during the exact window of time the distribution needed to take place.

The team distributed more than 36,000 pounds of groceries, including canned goods, beverages, meal bars, fruit, and cereal. All of this arrived on a Convoy of Hope truck just days before.

Pastor James and his team recalled seeing people from all walks of life joining together to both give and receive help. Hundreds of grocery bags were given to families in the Seattle area.

“The generosity of Convoy of Hope is really making an impact — everywhere, but especially now in our community,” Pastor James concluded. Although COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on many in his community, he believes that events like this help spread hope in a time when it is needed most.

Charisma Seattle is planning another distribution event in the month of August. With your help, and through partnerships like Charisma Seattle’s, Convoy of Hope is getting closer to achieving our goal of feeding the world. Thank you for allowing us to give hope to those who need it most.

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Community Outreach

$200,000 Raised Through Dancember

Over the weekend YouTube Stars, Judy and Benji Travis, set out to raise $200,000 for Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative through their Dancember campaign. The 24-hour-live broadcast started strong Friday at 3 p.m.(PST) with more than $50,000 that had been raised leading up to the event.

The live broadcast featured dancing, lip-syncing and special guests to encourage viewers to donate and learn more about Convoy. For every $5,000 raised, the Dancember team danced to celebrate.

Before the 24-hour-live broadcast was over, the team had raised more than $200,000 which came in from viewers around the world.

“When Benji said our goal for this year was $200,000, it seemed impossible,” Judy said as she reflected on the event. “But I said, ‘let’s try it’ and we hit it. It’s overwhelming.”

With tens of thousands of viewers at any given time, we know the event was only a success because of the Dancember team, and all those who tuned in, donated and shared the event with their friends.

“We want to thank everyone that participated in Dancember,” says Kirk Noonan, vice president of Creative Communications for Convoy of Hope. “Especially the Travis’ family for their generosity to help us bring hope to kids throughout the world.”

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Dancember: Meet Benji and Judy Travis

Benji and Judy Travis have amassed millions of views on YouTube. The couple and their three daughters have partnered with Convoy of Hope for Dancember, the Travis’ 24-hour live broadcast on their YouTube channel that will raise funds for children and families in Convoy of Hope’s programs throughout the world.

Benji says Dancember started with the intent of raising funds to help homeless teens in the U.S.

“We offered to dance for 24 hours if our YouTube viewers hit our fundraising goal,” says Benji. The campaign generated a lot of buzz among their fans and ended up smashing their original goal. The couple has since chosen several other nonprofits to support.

Benji attributes Dancember’s appeal to how fun it is to participate: The couple isn’t just providing a platform for donors to give — they offer a little entertainment in return.

Dancember will air on December 18 at 3 p.m.(PST). Visit convoyofhope.org/dancember for more information.

In Benji’s Words

We created Dancember because…

Giving back is really important to us. And giving in a non-traditional way is much more fun.

The best thing about my wife is…

She’s beautiful, inside and out: She’s genuine and kind-spirited.

Everyday I live by the rule…

Be grateful. Find balance. Prioritize.

The greatest thing I’ve learned being a dad is…

Being a father is a privilege. You’re their source of wisdom. You get to teach a human being how to be a human being.

 

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