Thursday, October 17, 2013

Convoy of Hope

Have you ever heard of the Convoy of Hope?  Last Saturday they came to my town and held a community gathering.  I had never heard of them before then.  All I knew was that they had a sign stating free food, clothing, and dental and health care. It was for one day and everyone was welcome. So my husband and I went to check it out.

This is what we came home with:

Not bad huh. They gave each of us a bag of groceries, a bag of toiletries, and a bag of granola bars.  There were 80 granola bars in all. Of course my son has whittled that number down to 40 in 3 days time. 

For the dental and health care, they just did basics, like check blood pressure, sugar levels for diabetes, height and weight, quick eyes and teeth look-over, and things like that. If you wanted, they would advise you on health risks and treatments.

They provided hot dogs and cokes and chips and popcorn. There were several blow-up bouncers for the kids.  With so many people there, we didn't even make it to the clothing part.

It was all run by volunteers. I know that the healthcare people were locals, but I'm not sure about all the others.  Through it all, they made you feel special. I was sure to thank each and every one of them that I interacted with.

When I got home I went online to their website to learn more about them. This is what they have to say about themselves.
Since Convoy of Hope, a 501(c)3 faith-based nonprofit, was founded in 1994 we have served more than 55 MILLION people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.
Currently, there are more than 120,000+ children in our feeding initiatives in El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua and the Philippines. Through the feeding initiatives we provide good nutrition, clean and safe drinking water, instruction on agricultural techniques, healthy living environments and education.
Year after year, we are lauded for our effectiveness and efficiency in mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers for community outreaches and during times of disaster response.
No matter what we are doing, our objective is to always deliver much-needed food, supplies and hope to the impoverished and suffering.
At Convoy of Hope our goals are to provide help and hope to people in need in the United States and around world through our children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.  
In the past 15 years, Convoy of Hope has been active in 46 states and over 109 countries providing disaster response, conducting community events, and directing nutritional programs and sustainability projects.

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