Food shelves and donations sites tend to see a slow down in the summer months, but one group is preparing to help thousands in need.

In less than a month, the Convoy of Hope is returning to the Bethel Life Center in South Wichita for a second year in a row. With 1500 volunteers and at least 6000 people expect to show up for help, Bethel Life has to get special permission from the City of Wichita to host the one-day free event.

"This is really crunch time, we are four weeks out," said Coordinator and Bethel Life Center Children's Pastor Gail Starnes.

Thousands are expected to utilize the one-stop-shop of giving, from food and clothing to dental screenings and health services.

"We have immunizations, we do back to school physicals, we have Welcare checks for babies and for adults," Starnes said. "This is community, city, churches, businesses, organizations of every kind, the list is huge."

To make it all happen, Starnes knows she'll need a lot of volunteer help. At least 1500 people may be needed this year. Plus she's hoping for more donations to feed families the day of the event.

"Right now we have a huge need, we still need 15,000 hot dogs and 60,000 bottles of water," Starnes said.

The main goal of the Convoy of Hope goes beyond the one day event. Organizers want to connect Wichita families with sustainable services, so that they can continue to get help all year long.

"It is heart warming and heart breaking, it makes you realize how blessed you are," Starnes added.

To volunteer or donate, contact Bethel Life Center at 316-522-7148 or