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Published On: Sat, Feb 8th, 2014

Convoy of Hope headed to Sapulpa Oklahoma in August

Convoy of Hope organizers announced that Saturday, Aug. 16 will be Creek County’s second mega-outreach.

Convoy of Hope semi truck“We believe this year more will come,” Pastor Bob Roche told 40 early organizers in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Organizers were scouting alternate sites in Creek County suitable for parking and accommodating the estimated 8,000 participants expected for Convoy 2014. The County Fairgrounds looks to be the spot again with one difference.

“We will need to re-configure for outdoors. More tents and fencing we weren’t entirely happy with the space indoors and the flow of people,” Roche said.

The 2013 event fed, clothed and cared for 5,000 participants. Volunteers handed out 40,000 pounds of groceries groceries, gave out 900 pairs of shoes to children and additionally providing backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,800 children.

Convoy of Hope also organizes physicals, counseling, 300 family photographs and even 360 free haircuts.

Stacey Berry announced that the 2014 goal for backpacks and school supplies is 3,000, mentioning that last year’s supplies were all gone within 45 minutes of the event start.

Organizers said Convoy hopes to add to the 28 churches, 18 health services organizations, 21 businesses and 39 social service organizations that took part last year.

“We are starting the engine back up again. This year we want to work with the Ministerial Alliance and beyond, Caring Community Friends, licensed hair stylists and schools,” Roche said.

Many of the 800 volunteers were sourced from local congregations.

Convoy 2014 will have the cooperation from Central Tech this year to bring their expertise in employment services.

“Forty six million Americans are living in poverty. This is the highest number in 50 years. Forty percent of the guests to Convoy are children,” Convoy’s Outreach Director Darwin Boston said allowing the children statistic to settle in a bit with volunteers with the big job ahead.

Nationally 379,552 volunteers have mobilized to help Convoy events a network gleaned from 25,000 church congregations across America.

With the bigger crowsd expected in 2014 there is a greater need for donattions and volunteers to give of their time or skills.

Fo morer event information, volunteering or giving, please call (918) 321-5818 or on the web at:Sapulpa.convoyofhope.org Donations are tax deductible under 501 (c) 3 rules.

Convoy of Hope is also international in scope, providing daily food to 126,000 children of 11 nations.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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