Connie, 53, pushed a cart filled with bread and other supplies through the exit gate of our Community Outreach in Kansas City, Mo., headed home to her tiny apartment.
“My kitchen is small but I’m sure glad I have this food to cook in it,” she said.
Connie spent two hours taking multiple buses to get to the Kansas City outreach where 3,642 guests of honor were served. Chronically homeless in the late 1980’s, she still struggles to get by more than two decades later. But, she says, Convoy of Hope has given her a new outlook on life.
“I was able to go to the job fair and learn about getting my GED and I also got this food so this was a good day for me,” she says. “I needed this.”
Our partner, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, served 500 women, providing them with breast health education and services.
Laquisha, 27, walked out of the NBCF tent with a look of relief on her face.
“I just learned I’ve been doing my self-examinations all wrong,” she says, “I may have just learned something here that will save my life. I couldn’t even afford to get this advice from a doctor.”
In another tent, physicians and dentists saw low-income families who needed the most basic healthcare services.
Jessica, 32, stood in line with her daughter and son to get eye and dental exams.
“My son broke his tooth awhile back and thankfully today we’re finally going to be able to get it fixed,” she says. “Being a single mom with no state aid of any kind, I’m barely making it. This is just unreal. All I can say is thank you, Convoy of Hope!”
Kansas City, Mo., tour fast facts:
Total guests of honor: 3,642
Total volunteers: 1,980
Total haircuts: 457
Total portraits: 485
Pairs of shoes given away through Samaritan’s Feet: 500
Gardens in a Bag: 2,500
Food packets from Plum Organics: 10,000
Long Island, N.Y., tour fast facts:
Total guests of honor: 3,762
Total volunteers: 1,402
Total haircuts: 100
Total portraits: 500
Pairs of shoes given away through Samaritan’s Feet: 1,700
Pairs of shoes given away through Shoes For All: 3,200