For Restore Fest attendees, Convoy of Hope may be best known as a festival organizer with a heart for the city of Joplin. To the rest of the world, it’s a faith-based nonprofit that has supported international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster responses for more than 51 million people since 1994. Yep – 51 million.
At the time of this post, more than 100,000 children are currently benefiting from Convoy of Hope’s feeding initiatives in El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua and the Philippines. What’s that mean? Nutritious food, clean and safe drinking water, and much more for groups of people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to these resources.
And while a large focus of Convoy of Hope’s efforts are internationally based, the 2011 tornadoes in Joplin struck a chord, as the organization calls nearby Springfield its home – just 70 short miles from the epicenter of the disaster.
Convoy of Hope is a vehicle for delivering hope to those who may have lost it – no matter the location. And as the driving force behind Restore Fest, perhaps the greatest gift that Convoy of Hope can give to Joplin is in the event’s name – Hope.