WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The true spirit of Wichitans could be seen Saturday as over 500 volunteers piled onto the Convoy of Hope grounds to help get kids ready for school.
“It takes volunteers like you see out here today and even community police officers to really reach a large crowd of people,” said Sargent O’Brian.
The Convoy of Hope stopped in Wichita Saturday to offer $1 million in goods and services to underprivileged families.
They’re lined up in every area,” said the Convoy’s national director, Jason Bachman.” You will see them in the community services area, health services, children’s shoes. There’s free backpacks too! Really our goal is to have a one stop shop for our guests to come here.”
This year the Convoy of Hope added a new location to their one stop shop, McAdams park and over 4,000 families showed up.
“It is so wonderful to see how many people care about our community and come out; churches and other organizations that come and volunteer their time and give free haircuts and immunizations and health care,” said volunteer Tina Man. “All the things that they do is pretty incredible”
The event was free to the public and offered groceries, veteran services, haircuts, family portraits, and more. The Bethel Life Center, which started the event 5 years ago, had nearly 9,000 people at their location and every kid had a hand full of goodies.
“I remember good experiences and bad experiences as a kid and I hope that we can provide an great experience that can be a lasting memory for a child,” said Bachman.
This is the first year the Convoy of Hope extended itself to a second location and tell KSN they felt it was necessary to reach those that couldn’t make it to Bethel.
“The city of Wichita has been incredible,” said Stacie Kathcart, the McAdmas organizer. “They have been such a great help to us — this could not have happened at McAdams park without these guys having a passion and a heart for this part of the city.”