Convoy of Hope Volunteers Help in Hurricane Relief

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Even from hundreds of miles away, people in the Ozarks are helping those affected by natural disasters in other states. 

Volunteers at Convoy of Hope came together to prepare boxes that will be shipped off to Texas and Florida. 

So far, Convoy of Hope has sent about 5 million pounds of supplies to hurricane Harvey relief, put in more than 5,000 volunteer hours into Irma recovery, and served more than 260,000 meals in Turks and Caicos. 

A couple hundred people show up to the World Distribution Center located at 330 Patterson Avenue every Tuesday evening. This Tuesday, 235 total were there. 71 of them preparing hygiene kits for people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

"I probably get more out of it than I'm giving to be truthful,"  said Dennis Sims, who volunteers every two weeks with his church group. "I've been coming here since I moved to Missouri 4 and a half years ago."

The volunteers come individually or as part of a group. Young and old from all walks of life. 

"It's really anybody and everybody who want to help," said Rebecca Stegner, a lead volunteer at Convoy of Hope. 

KOLR10'S very own morning meteorologist Elisa Raffa was there, too. 

The volunteers sort, count and label the items donated by the Springfield community. 

 "I think we've had a really good response so far," said Stegner. 

And in just about 2 hours, 2,000 to 3,000 hygiene kits will be packaged and ready to be shipped off. 

"To wherever the need is, they'll send them there first. And then it will just kinda trickle in," said Stegner. 

Convoy of Hope is keeping an eye on Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City Earthquake and determining how it can help. Meanwhile, these volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves when needed.

"It keeps me young," said Sims. "I'm 75 years old now, so it keeps me going," 

"We might not get to see the final product and see the happy people, but it's nice to know that we know that it was really helpful to them and their situation," said Stegner.  

If you are interested in volunteering, you can just show up. However, groups of ten or more are required to register in advance. 

Convoy of Hope says sometimes too many show up and have to be turned away. 

Click here to find out more. 


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