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Gather: Together We Do More

This Christmas, families with gather around tables, trees and fires. They’ll share memories of Christmases past, open gifts, eat meals, enjoy each other’s company, worship and look toward the New Year.

Since Convoy of Hope was founded more than 20 years ago, we’ve seen the power of gathering — even during some of history’s darkest days.

After Hurricane Katrina obliterated portions of the Gulf Coast, I saw our teams gather with families as they picked through the remains of their homes. On the evening of January 12, 2010, our teams gathered to launch a massive response that would best help the people of Haiti as news of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake spread. Recently, I sat at a lunch table in Ethiopia that was filled with wide-eyed schoolchildren who ate bowlfuls of nutritious food provided by Convoy of Hope.

When we gather together, incredible things happen.

Together, we turn disasters into opportunities to feed more children, build homes for the homeless and help communities get back on their feet. Together, we give hope and a hand up to working poor families in the United States. Together, we give impoverished mothers and fathers the tools and training to provide incomes that transform the futures of their families. Together, we put shoes on the shoeless and food into the mouths of the hungry.

Thanks to you, we’ve helped more than 70 million people.

Thanks for partnering with us this year! I look forward to what we’ll do together next year in the States and around the world.

God bless you for gathering with us to help those who are impoverished and hurting.

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From The Founders

You’re walking, driving, working or somehow moving steadily along towards the next destination in your day and a small, quiet yet pervasive thought creeps into your mind: “help that person.” It happens to all of us. The person may be friend, family, co-worker or a stranger; and for some spontaneous reason, you have been presented with the notion to make one moment in their life a little bit easier.

Hal Donaldson, our president and co-founder, spoke to a group of Rotarians in Springfield, Mo., this week and he charged them as follows, “Seldom resist the impulse to do something kind.”

Next time you think you should be kind to someone, you’re probably right.

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Meals From the Heartland meals in Convoy of Hope's warehouse in the Philippines. Meals From the Heartland meals in Convoy of Hope's warehouse in the Philippines.

Partnerships make all the difference

There have been countless times since Convoy of Hope was founded that I was reminded of the importance of friends and partners, like you, who help us serve those who are hurting. When we held our first official outreach in California in 1994 we had the helping hands of dozens of volunteers. Just a few weeks ago, when we partnered with the U.S. State Department in El Salvador to help impoverished women, we were reminded once again of the power of collaboration and partnerships.

Late last year I traveled to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and witnessed the strength of partnerships between our Disaster Services team and numerous in-country churches, agencies and organizations. By working together we are stronger and able to help more people. In the Philippines that meant thousands of storm survivors were given help and hope during some of their most desperate hours.

In Ethiopia, Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program is thriving and growing — with the support of in-country partners. Today, thanks to those partnerships, women are learning the skills to run their own businesses and provide for their families.

Our Children’s Feeding Initiative is currently in 11 nations and caring for more than 145,000 children. That is possible, in part, because of the generous support of our feeding partners here in the United States. I’ve met children around the world who are being nourished because of the key, strategic relationships we have with a myriad of partners who want to help lift children and families out of malnutrition and hunger.

Partnerships with organizations, businesses and governments are critical to Convoy of Hope’s mission. But just as important is our partnership with the many individuals, like you, who have joined us in our passion to help the impoverished and suffering. Thank you for your support!

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From The Founders

Meandering from one viewpoint to the next, my young family of five sought out the sun’s warm rays on a brittle cold morning while we stared at the wondrous site that is a Grand Canyon sunrise. The Grand Canyon was one stop on our trek from California to Springfield, Mo., where I would get back to work and start the new year at Convoy of Hope’s offices. As we exited the National Park’s gates I asked my four-year-old how the Grand Canyon got there. With confidence she replied, “Rain, rain and that river made it Dad.”

My daughter’s response brings to mind another story of small beginnings. Convoy of Hope’s co-founder and CEO, Hal Donaldson, recently spoke to Missouri lawmakers at the 2014 Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. He told them about the 1969 car accident that took his father’s life and left his Mother badly injured and unable to work. He also told them about the Davis family who took he and his siblings into their single-wide trailer from day one and cared for them for months after. Hal went on to explain, “because of their investment in the lives of four children, God was able to take my father’s mangled automobile and he would transform it into a fleet of Convoy of Hope semi-trucks that are filled with food and supplies that today are crisscrossing our country, helping millions of people across our nation.” Then, in closing, he made the statement pictured above.

If the kindness of one family has sparked help and hope for more than 63 million people in Convoy of Hope’s 20 years. And, if my daughter is right about rain drops making the Grand Canyon. Then, imagine the wondrous site we’d all be staring at one year from now if we dedicated 2014 to kindness. Whether it’s helping people in their hardest moments or chipping away at a hardened society with drips and drops of random kindness, our small actions can completely alter the landscape of our world.

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Hal Donaldson urges politicians to practice a year of kindness

In the video above, our co-founder and CEO delivers his speech to Missouri Lawmakers at the recent 2014 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.

The following is an excerpt from a story at News-Leader.com by Jonathan Shorman. 

Convoy of Hope founder Hal Donaldson this morning urged a gathering of Missouri’s most powerful to practice a year of kindness.

Donaldson, president of the Springfield-based charity, gave the keynote address at the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, a bipartisan event attended by hundreds of people and top names in Missouri leadership.

“If we will collectively dedicate ourselves to a lifestyle of kindness and compassion, 2014 can be a defining moment for our state and our nation, and in turn many of the problems that we face — those problems will begin to fade,” Donaldson said. “Friend, a year of kindness and compassion can absolutely change everything.”

Donaldson recounted how, as a child in 1969, his father had been killed by a drunk driver and mother seriously injured. The family who took him in for several months afterward changed his life forever. Donaldson said without their kindness, Convoy of Hope would never have happened.

Read the full story at News-Leader.com

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