Wichita’s first “Convoy of Hope” gives community a helping hand

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WICHITA, Kansas – It’s been around for nearly 20 years, helping 55 million people across the world.

The Convoy of Hope made it’s first stop in Wichita Saturday, partnering up with local churches to help thousands in need.

Nearly 6,500 people came out for the first annual Wichita Convoy of Hope at the Bethel Life Center Church.

The Convoy of Hope partnered with the church and area businesses to give away close to $1 million worth of goods.

Items like clothes and backpacks stuffed with school supplies were in high demand, being snatched up left and right.

Free health screenings and a kids fun zone were also available to attendees.

Event Coordinator Gail Starnes says the event displayed how tight knit the community is.

“We were able to reach out to our own community to give the things they can’t afford to buy so going back to school, needing those immunizations and needed those backpacks and school supplies, we were able to do those things,” said Starnes.

Event organizers say leftover items, like bags filled with groceries, will be given to area food banks and dispersed out to the community at a later date.

The Convoy of Hope was established in 1994. Since than, they have served 1.6 million Americans in poverty.

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