Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and experience-rich cultures and incredible sights. But I’ve also seen incredible need. I’ve seen families struggling to survive; I’ve witnessed children lingering outside of schools wondering where their next meals will come from. In truth, it’s sobering.
This holiday season, I tend to think about all those I’ve encountered who do not have their basic needs met. It’s easy to feel guilty for what we have, but seldom does guilt solve problems. It’s more important to be grateful for what you have and to make a decision to share with others.
This year has been unlike anything we could have expected. However, in the midst of hardship, I have seen people like you join in a united act of compassion. You are why — each year as the lights go up and the holiday music plays — I can’t help but be overwhelmed by gratitude.
I am grateful for every person and every partner who has made what we do at Convoy of Hope possible. Because of you, our fleet of tractor-trailers continue to crisscross the nation delivering millions of meals to those who are hurting. Because of you, we have maintained our global program activity during this pandemic, feeding children and empowering families. It’s truly inspiring the way we’ve seen people come together to make a difference despite these uncertain times.
Thank you, again, for being willing to do what you can to help your neighbors in need, both those close and far away. Your generosity and selflessness have inspired me and continue to build a better future for us all.
You won’t find a partridge in a pear tree, or 5 golden rings in the Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center, but you could find plenty of hope to fill more than just 12 days.
In celebration of everyone’s favorite Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” we at Convoy of Hope are making our own version of the classic tune. For the next 12 days, we’ll be highlighting photos of special moments in a few of Convoy of Hope’s different programs. Feel free to sing along!
On the first day of Christmas… this boy picked one melon from the field he and his family planted using the knowledge they received from Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture initiative. Learn more about how we train families here.
On the second day of Christmas … this volunteer handed out two hygiene kits and bags of groceries to a family in a drive-thru distribution line. Our Disaster Services, Community Events, and Rural Compassion Initiative teams all changed gears in 2020 to focus on our COVID-19 response. Learn more about our response here.
On the third day of Christmas … three response vehicles deployed to a disaster zone. In addition to distributing meals as part of our “150 Million Meals & Counting” campaign, our Disaster Services team responded to a record number of natural disasters in 2020. Learn more here.
On the fourth day of Christmas … four students enjoyed the fruits (or in this case, vegetables) of their labor. These teens received Convoy of Hope agriculture training at their school and are learning how to grow healthy, sustainable crops. Learn more about our Agriculture initiative Learn more here.
On the fifth day of Christmas … a family received (everyone together now) five bags of groceries! A Convoy of Hope Community Event is all about making sure our Guests of Honor feel loved, seen, and cared for. Learn more about our Community Events here.
(This photo was taken before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
On the sixth day of Christmas … six lives were changed because of Women’s Empowerment. Strong, healthy women are at the core of strong, healthy communities. That’s why Convoy of Hope encourages them to realize their value and reach their potential through job training and education. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/women.
On the seventh day of Christmas … seven volunteers greet Guests of Honor as they arrive at a Community Event. None of our Commuity Events would be successful without the passion, love, and dedication of our amazing volunteers. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/ce.
(This photo was taken before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
On the eighth day of Christmas … eight bowls of food were eaten by eight happy kids. Many times, the meals a child receives in school from Convoy of Hope are the only they eat all day. Learn how you can make a difference through feedONE at feedone.com.
On the ninth day of Christmas … nine dedicated team members in Nicaragua help in our response to COVID-19. Our international staff has worked tirelessly to make sure the communities we serve are cared for during the pandemic. Learn more about our program countries at convoyofhope.org/about/where-we-work.
On the tenth day of Christmas … ten caring mothers stay strong in the midst of disaster. This year, the Philippines have been bombarded with typhoons. Convoy of Hope is standing by the mothers in our Women’s Empworment program to make sure they have what they need to recover. You can find the most up-to-date news about our response at convoyofhope.org/news.
On the eleventh day of Christmas … eleven well-fed students begin their days at school. We believe that children are essential members of their communities who can, one day, bring positive change by breaking the cycles of poverty and hunger. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/cf.
On the twelfth day of Christmas … twelve empowered girls have the hygiene items they need to live healthy, independent lives. Our Girls’ Empowerment groups help young women just like these address their self-esteem, gender-based violence, and harmful cultural beliefs and practices. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/we.
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.”
We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season! We at Convoy of Hope are celebrating another year of helping others. Because of people like you, we’re fulfilling our mission to feed the world with food, hope and help through our many initiatives.
As a supporter of Convoy, here are a few “smart” ways you can continue partnering with us if you’re looking for end-of-year giving opportunities.
Round Up — Use this app to “round up” your purchases, donating a few cents each time you make a transaction. It might not seem like a lot … but your donation will go a long way, and we’re thankful for every penny!
Alexa — If you use any Alexa-enabled device, simply say, “Alexa, make a donation to Convoy of Hope,” and she will help you donate any amount using your Amazon Pay account.
Double your gift — From now until December 31, take advantage of our matching challenge! Every gift (up to $100,000 total) will be matched … doubling your impact. Make your gift now!
We hope this information has been helpful. Thank you for your support in 2018. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.
From the United States to the Philippines — and many places in between — Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund supports our program activity around the world.
When you support our Feed the World Fund, your gift makes a 5:1 impact. This means that $20 creates $100 worth of impact; $100 creates $500 worth of impact; and $200 creates $1,000 in impact!
But, it gets even better. Up to $100,000 of gifts given to our Feed the World Fund between now and December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to create twice the help for people in need. This means if you participate in our year-end match, your gift will be doubled — creating a 10:1 impact.
Gifts given to Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund could help hungry kids in our Children’s Feeding program, transport groceries to a Community Event, give a farmer a chance to feed his family through our Agriculture initiative, help our Disaster Services team reach the heart of a disaster zone, lift a mother out of poverty through Women’s Empowerment or reach a small community through Rural Compassion.
We are grateful for your support every day, but especially during this season of thankfulness and generosity. Thank you for helping us make sure hope is not in short supply and that those in need are seen, helped and reminded that they are loved.