Tag: COVID-19

Julian’s Story: From Despair to Big Dreams

COVID-19 completely changed 11-year-old Julian’s life. “I felt sad,” he said. “I was anxious for this to be over, to go out and play, see my friends, go to school.”

Quarantine orders kept him inside the floorless, one-room home that he shared with five other members of his family. They had no running water and only two beds to share. When Julian’s mother got sick and his father lost his job laying bricks, Julian felt entirely helpless. With hunger and health concerns looming, hope seemed far out of reach.

“My father was unemployed. We had no food due to lack of money,” Julian said. “But that’s when you gave us [food].”

Now, as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, Julian has access to hot and nutritious meals. Since he no longer has to worry about food insecurity, Julian is free to focus on his schoolwork, his artwork, and his dream of becoming a chef. His next goal is to reach a point where he can support the rest of his family.

“To my brothers and my mother, I want to give them what they need … their expenses,” he said. “The same for my father; I want to help him.”

Thanks to support from people like you, Julian can continue spreading hope to his family and his community. Thank you for changing his story.

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Children's Feeding

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

Cultivating Vegetables & a Brighter Future

Rosa politely smiled as she showed her mother how to plant tomato seeds. The Honduran tween talked about the importance of the soil, how deep the holes for each seed should be, and how often they should be watered.

This skill is just one of the many that Rosa is learning in her Girls’ Empowerment group, a vital part of Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative.

“I was very shy and insecure of myself. I did not think I could change,” she said. “But when I entered the club, I made many friends. I work better with people and now I am stronger. They have helped me with my personal development.”

The past year has been brutal for those living in Honduras. As the second-poorest country in Central America, the economic fallout that came during COVID-19 sent many of its residents deeper into poverty. Hurricanes Eta and Iota — both doing extensive damage across Central America — destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. With so much fear and uncertainty, many are living without hope.

For Rosa, her Girls’ Empowerment group acts as a shelter from the storms of life. “My teacher talks to us a lot and gives us confidence to talk to her about things that make me feel insecure. The agriculture program has helped me to keep busier. It has benefited me and my family in eating healthy.”

Without Girls’ Empowerment, Rosa would be missing a vital link to community in a time where it’s needed most. Thank you for giving her the chance to thrive.

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Agriculture / Women's Empowerment
Throughout the last year, Convoy of Hope distributed more than 200 million meals to those who needed help. Throughout the last year, Convoy of Hope distributed more than 200 million meals to those who needed help.

One Year Later: Reflecting on 2020 & the Pandemic

We are quickly approaching one year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. As photos flood social media feeds from last March and as friends share about the last shows, events, or large gatherings they attended in 2020, we’re reminded of how our lives have drastically changed. For many, reflecting on this year of loss is a painful experience. But it has also been a year of hope.

Convoy of Hope launched our COVID-19 response in late March 2020 as we saw people lose jobs, kids leave school — along with the school lunches many of them depended on — and families worry about basic necessities. In a time of the unknown, Convoy of Hope chose to bring light and hope with a pledge to distribute 10 million meals.

Your generosity quickly turned 10 million meals into 50 million, and then 100 million into 150 million. As the need grew, so did your compassion. In a time where we were told to stay physically distanced, we came together through kindness and generosity to help those hit hardest by the pandemic.

Now, approximately one year later, Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 200 million meals to people suffering from COVID-19 and the restrictions that followed. With your support, we also fed more than 387,000 children every single school day, empowered more than 26,000 women and girls, and trained more than 15,000 participants in agricultural practices in 2020.

Last year was difficult in profound ways for everyone. As we look back, we urge you not to forget the triumphs. Since last March, you have helped bring life-changing hope to millions of people.

Your individual acts of kindness — whether they were financial donations, time volunteered, or a post shared on social media — were the driving force behind a united act of compassion.

Thank you. 

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In the News

NASCAR, NFL Athletes & Convoy of Hope Gear Up to Help Vegas Communities

“Woohoo! Man, this is a lot,” one man said with a smile on his face. In his hands, he had several bags of groceries that NASCAR driver Joey Logano and Las Vegas police officers had given him. He went home with food, socks, hygiene supplies, a prepaid gas card, and hope.

Joey Logano and Las Vegas Raiders tight end Derek Carrier were at the event to greet hundreds of families and to work alongside Convoy of Hope. The distribution took place in partnership with the Joey Logano Foundation, Shell US, and Pennzoil. In total, more than 800 families in need received hope. Las Vegas news stations also spread stories of hope with their coverage of the event.

The distribution took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. One of the surprises for people who attended was seeing Carrier and Logano in person.

“It worked out great, just being here in Las Vegas and working with Convoy of Hope,” Carrier said.

“We have teamed up with Convoy of Hope; it’s been absolutely amazing out here in Las Vegas,” Logano said. “It’s been a surprise for Derek to come out here, and it’s neat to see the community all come together.”

Convoy of Hope and the partners involved were part of a “pit crew” that took supplies to people. The recipients were among three organizations in Las Vegas, including the Care Complex and The Salvation Army.

This event was made possible by Convoy Nation™. Convoy Nation is a gathering of friends and fans of Convoy of Hope — led by athletes, celebrities, innovators, idealists, and entrepreneurs — who are bent on fighting hunger, poverty, and suffering in partnership with Convoy of Hope.

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