Hundreds attend Convoy of Hope event in Temple Hills

Temple Mills saw a lot of rain Saturday, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from coming out to the Convoy of Hope event.
13 September, 2015

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Temple Mills saw a lot of rain Saturday, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from coming out to the Convoy of Hope event. It's a free fair that provided $1 million-worth of food, giveaways and services to the community members.

"My daughter's a single mom. She raising [my] three grandkids. No babysitter. So normally I try to jump in as much as I can. So it means a lot when she's not able to get them shoes and stuff," said Gwendolyn Morton in a serious face, but that quickly turned to smiles as she showed WUSA9 two bags in her hands while her grandsons waited for a fresh haircut next.

Volunteers provided everything from free hair and nail care to information about job opportunities at Saturday's event. Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization.


WUSA9's Stephanie Ramirez was in Temple Hills where hundreds of people attended a Convoy of Hope Event.

"We're partnering with more than 70 churches in the area. Convoy has kind of built this model that we can take into different cities, but the local community really has to back it up," said Molly Erickson, who is with the group.

Saturday's event took place on the grounds of Evangel Assembly in Temple Hills. Their Senior Pastor said he hopes the event sends one clear message.

"That we care. That God's people care and we've been very deliberate in not making this an evangelist assembly affair," St. Clair Mitchell told WUSA9.

After getting a new haircut, 12-year-old Donovan Diggs said, "It feels better. Some people are less fortunate so, a lot of people can't get certain hair styles, hair-cuts. So this is a good charity event for the people that can't do that."

"I just got my nails done. It's not violence or nothing, just something peaceful for once, all the craziness that's going on in the world," said Keaira McNeil.

Everyone was excited for the hair and nail tent, but the real cheers came at the last stop where free groceries went out. Volunteers were just as excited as the recipients, saying this year, they were able to give up to six bags of groceries per family.

"It's really beautiful. We appreciate it because we're senior citizens. We're on a fix income so this helps us out. Thank you very much."

"It's really no words to explain. I really can't explain it but I feel good inside," said James Pope.

Convoy of Hope has been to our area a few times before, once in Hagerstown and a second location. They're headed to Springfield, Missouri next.

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