"We were able to get food, health screenings and shoes for my kids and that will really help us a lot. It was also nice being able to let them be kids in a safe environment."
Kansas City, Missouri (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
Convoy of Hope’s 2013 leg of the 50-state Community Outreach Tour continued Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., providing 3,642 guests of honor with essential services that culminated in $1 million in goods and services to the less fortunate in the Kansas City area.
“This community outreach is one of dozens of stops along a 50-state, $50 million tour of hope and help for the 46 million Americans currently living in poverty—the largest number on record,” says Ron Showers, community outreach director. “It was an honor for us and our partners to be able to provide thousands of families in Kansas City a poverty-free day.”
More than 1,900 volunteers and 111 local organizations, churches and agencies were essential partners in the event as thousands of honored guests received free groceries. Convoy of Hope’s partner, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, served 532 women, providing them with breast health education and services. Additional key partners included Samaritan’s Feet and Plum Organics.
“Life can be expensive and we live in a real tough neighborhood," said Canillya, a 27-year-old single mother who attended with her kids. "We were able to get food, health screenings and shoes for my kids and that will really help us a lot. It was also nice being able to let them be kids in a safe environment."
Convoy of Hope’s 50-state tour stopped in 22 states in 2012 and continues through 2013.
Kansas City, Mo., tour fast facts:
- Total guests of honor: 3,642
- Total volunteers: 1,980
- Total haircuts given: 457
- Total portraits taken: 485
- Pairs of shoes given away through Samaritan’s Feet: 500
- Gardens in a Bag: 2,500
- Food packets from Plum Organics: 10,000
About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world through community outreaches, children’s feeding initiatives, disaster response and partner resourcing. Convoy of Hope has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years. For more on Convoy of Hope, please visit http://www.convoyofhope.org.
Convoy of Hope:
Jeff Roman, 417-942-7570 (M)
Public Relations Desk
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