WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Coming together to help our community, it’s the driving idea for those working with Convoy of Hope. Although it may look a little different this year because of the pandemic, the goal remains the same to help as many Wichitans as possible
“We came out here really early to help,” said 11-year-old volunteer Rikenry Pollard.
This year, Convoy of Hope had several helping hands. The annual event saw volunteers starting from children all the way to senior citizens.
“Amazing knowing you can help people out that are in need,” said Pollard.
The giveaway was done while socially distant with eight different locations to choose from.
Area families were able to drive through each site and pick up their students’ school materials and bags full of food.
“This is part of our community so to be able and be part of that is awesome. I mean I bring my family out here every year,” said volunteer Latacha Grant.
Grant has been a volunteer for five years. She says this year it was extra special.
“It is good to see people being grateful especially after the year we have had.”
“Everyone is needing some help, even if you never needed help before,” said Veronica Pyles, Wichita resident.
Pyles says this aid will allow her to focus on other utilities she has to pay for and leave her with a piece of mind knowing her students can start school on the right track.
“Especially if you’re still out of work and you just don’t have the money yet to get the supplies, I think it’s beautiful,” said Pyles.
This year, Convoy of Hope was able to distribute more than 9,000 backpacks to Wichita students and 12,000 bags full of groceries.