Thousands attend Convoy of Hope in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. Update: Saturday, August 4

Hundreds of volunteers gathered Saturday to get families ready for the upcoming school year.

Organizers of Convoy of Hope say it's all about making others feel loved and validated. That is the reason why they've given these services to families for six years and counting.

Jorge Garcia says it's his third year coming and it makes a huge difference.

"We love the support that everybody has you know especially when we have six kids at home. This helps a lot. My wife's getting ready to go on maternity leave so this helps a lot."

The services seem to be endless and organizers say it wound't be possible without volunteers.

"There are volunteers manning all of these tents taking care of our guests of honor. Providing them with shoes, providing them with haircuts, providing them with family portraits," says Nola Brown.

Families received backpacks filled with school supplies, and immunizations.

Organizers say they'll give services to anyone who needs them. They just want to be sure all kids are ready and families are loved.
More than 200 volunteers this week helped pack 6,000 backpacks with school supplies for the Convoy of Hope set for Saturday in Wichita. The event, in its sixth year in Wichita, also provides free health screenings, haircuts and family portraits among services to help children and families preparing for another school year.

A new service this year is the workforce center where volunteers will be available to give people guidance on how to get a job.

The Convoy of Hope starts at 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 4) at Bethel Life Center (3777 S. Meridian) and McAdams Park (1329 E. 13th Street).

If you'd like to volunteer for the event, you can do so here