At every one of our Community Events, we hold a Friday Night Rally for the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of volunteers who will help with the event the following day. At a recent rally for Convoy of Hope in Leesburg, Virginia, as a video about Convoy of Hope was playing, a young man named Justin texted a question to his family across the country, asking if they had ever heard of Convoy of Hope.
His family was located in Joplin, Missouri, and had been directly affected by the tornado that ravaged the community in 2011. Convoy of Hope helped feed this family for weeks after the tragedy. Now they were giving back through an organization that had given so much to their extended family in Joplin.
The next day, Justin was one of 700 volunteers who served the more than 3,000 people that came to the Community Events in Leesburg to receive real help and hope. Mobile Hope was present with an RV on site and served over 500 people with clothing for kids and teenagers who are homeless or experience home insecurity. Walgreens showed up with flu shots and administered more than 200 of them.
Those who volunteered at the Convoy of Hope in Leesburg, Virginia, showed the potential of what people do when they receive hope and look to return it to others.
Nearly a year ago, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing thousands. Mission of Hope, an organization that works with local churches, has partnered with Convoy of Hope to provide relief in Haiti since 2007. For more about this partnership, visit http://bit.ly/3SBmTZZ.