8/17/2013 5:39 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - It's common to hear of families going through tough economic times. So common that the Convoy of Hope, along with Beckley area churches, businesses and community agencies helped put together the community event.
"Today is exactly what the name of it is, Beckley Day of Hope. It's an opportunity for us to provide hope to individuals that may be going through difficult times in their lives," said Calvary Assembly of God Pastor John Jordan.
"It doesn't take long for any of us to look too far before we find individuals that are having challenges in their lives."
This free carnival-like event includes a distribution of 35,000 pounds of food to provide to families along with entertainment, haircuts, dental services, free shoes and more.
"It's unfortunate that we have a need in West Virginia that we do about so many people in circumstances beyond their control, but it's fortunate that we have so many church based organizations, so many local volunteers, so many businesses organizations, just our people all over," said Rep. Nick Rahall (D.-W.Va.).
Convoy of Hope is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to communities with hopes to make it a better place, and families agree that's what they are doing.
"This is an awesome thing they are doing for the community," said Kim Lindsay of Wyoming County. "There are so many layoffs right now with the coal miners getting laid off the way the economy is, a lot of people are struggling. These are my nieces and nephews I brought out, to me it's an amazing thing."