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From One University to Another, Convoy Serves

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In partnership with colleges across the U.S., Convoy of Hope is distributing life-sustaining essentials at outreach events. Volunteers in several states have joined together to make these events possible.

Students from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, packed supplies during “Valor Volunteer Day.” More than 300 students gathered on May 7 to prepare 6,000 bags of groceries with items including canned and dry goods, peanut butter, and snacks. These groceries were then sent to other college campuses in the United States.

University of Tennessee Outreach

University of Tennessee (UT) was one of them. Convoy of Hope then hosted an event in collaboration with UT. Many in attendance were from underserved communities in Knoxville. They left with much-needed resources — and hope — for their families.

Several top-tier athletes also joined in to serve hundreds of families in need. Attendees received necessities like shoes, socks, groceries, and hot meals. Additionally, they received resources from organizations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“For me, in college, this was unheard of,” said Britton Colquitt, NFL punter and UT alumnus. “To be at my home school, at my home town, is really cool … it means a lot.”

Britton served alongside Convoy volunteers and participants from the UT Athletics’ leadership class. This included team members from each sports team at the college.

“COVID hit everywhere really hard,” said Jessica Wildfire, Executive Director for Student-Athlete Development at UT. “We could not have pulled this off without Convoy of Hope.”

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