WICHITA, Kan. – It was a day of relief as nearly 8,000 people made their way to the Bethel Life Center church for the Convoy of Hope.
This is the third year for the church as it teamed up with 75 businesses and organizations and about 50 local churches to provide back-to-school services for the community.
Nearly 1,200 volunteers helped pass out items like groceries, clothes, shoes, and school supplies while guests got up to date on their shots, got haircuts and even had family portraits taken, all for free.
Stacie Cathcart, the director of the project said the Convoy of Hope is a single location where families can get things they need to get their children ready to go back to school.
“We’re out here kinda being a one-stop shop, we just wanted to offer the families in Wichita that just needed, a, we call it a hand up, not a hand out. We wanted to give them an environment where they could come and have some fun with their family, and they get their kids ready back to school.”
Local organizers say 2015 has been the biggest year for this event so far.