The Convoy of Hope, one of the organizations that goes around helping underprivileged areas, has made a difference in the St. Paul, MN, area this weekend. The Convoy of Hope has visited many high profile communities in the last few weeks, including going to Ferguson, Missouri, where people often feel they don’t have the help they need in order to succeed.
Cars were seen lining up streets as around 1,500 volunteers settled into the Twin Cities to help families, offering them free foods, services and goods. The national faith-based nonprofit sponsored an all day event, with tents setup to offer free shoes and health services to poor families, and also there was an inflatable carnival for the children. Convoy of Hope also offered a job fair, in order to help men and women from all backgrounds find some work. Every adult that went to the event ended up with at least two bags full of various food items and groceries. This organization helped resource-strapped parents that often have to decide between feeding their children or going to the doctor, or paying rent or getting food on the table. Spokesman Jeff Nene talked about how this event helps people not only get medical care but also get food and other items they need for free. Parents were seen walking in and out of the children’s shoe tent, where many children got free shoes for the upcoming school year. Many call this literally a life-saver, because there are also a lot of free informational tents too, such as the one that shows you how to perform a self-breast examination. This is both helpful to the people who need groceries and shoes, but also helpful to people who don’t know how to check themselves for things such as breast cancer, and this makes it an educational adventure as well.
Leading up to the event, Nene said there were about 135,00 fliers that were placed up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Nene said it is his decision where the caravan goes, and the Convoy of Hope staff does work with community members to help identify the neighborhoods where the need is the greatest, and this happens all over the country. In the Twin Cities, the need is harder to figure out North of the Metro, because the area is so full of suburbs it is harder to narrow down specific locations. Volunteers arrived wearing the blue Convoy shirt, then started going around setting up various tents and events, and getting items ready to be handed out to the families. A lot of people will find this experience less embarrassing than going to food banks, because it’s educational and you talk to people, so you begin to just feel like you are at a fair or community program. Hundreds of people in the Twin Cities were helped with the event this weekend, with some hopefully walking away with more knowledge about proper medical care, and others now not having to worry about getting shoes for their kids this school year.