A national tour made its way to Siouxland, but it wasn't your standard touring act.
The Convoy of Hope, a national organization that travels to communities across the country, visited Siouxland, bringing together volunteers and community members to provide services and supplies of all kinds to those in need.
The national staff was small, and Siouxland volunteers stepped up to the task.
All of the event staff were glad to be there and to help.
"By giving people an opportunity, who are in a tough situation, to receive hope and to receive tangible help, maybe they can make it. Maybe they can make it that next week, and maybe they can get to know somebody through these events and build a relationship with somebody that can help them," Jason Bachman, National Outreach Director with Convoy of Hope said.
Helping your neighbor may sound like a simple concept, but to the participants of Convoy of Hope, those words mean much more.
"I'll be getting some groceries shortly to take home. But more importantly, they have the kid's zone. They help the children, and I believe that the kids are having a good time, and the families are, it just brings everybody together. Maris Girard, event participant said.
The event brings together community members and organizations to volunteer, providing medical services, haircuts, resume help, new shoes for kids, and even sacks of groceries on the way out the door.
"I think this does a lot of stuff for the community, especially since there's a lot of homeless people wandering the streets," Desiree Dean, event participant said.
While the day is crowded and hectic, event staff believe the business is a bonus of the event, allowing them to help as many people as possible.
"My favorite part about it was probably seeing the kids getting their shoes, and just seeing their smiling faces and knowing that they're going to get those pairs of shoes. They're their shoes, and brand new, and just seeing that was awesome," Kelsey Montange, event volunteer said.
Convoy of Hope does this almost weekly, always giving out things that community members need and trying to help with poverty.
However, they say that it would never be possible without the help of the community.
"Throughout this process, there have been a lot of great people that have been doing a lot of great things, so just a big thank you to the community, because they're really the ones who have made this happen," Bachman said.
27 churches participated, and 5,700 people were helped.
A million dollars worth of goods and services were donated, including 80 thousand pounds of groceries, 1,500 pairs of shoes, 575 family portraits, 280 haircuts, and 200 dental screenings.
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