SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Every week we visit our Hometown Heroes, featuring people in our community who are truly making a difference.
Many of them have overcome tremendous obstacles, yet they work to help others.
In this installment, we're look at an organization based in Springfield.
Convoy of Hope, focuses are feeding as many people worldwide as possible.
The group has been there for millions of people here in the United States and around world.
It's mission is a simple one, and it comes from the heart: from human compassion, provide help, food, and hope for those who need it the most.
Steve Donaldson is one three brothers who founded Convoy of Hope.
"Man, people are incredible," says Donaldson.
The story of Convoy of Hope began in 1969 when Steve's parents, Harold and Betty Donaldson, were were hit head on by a drunk driver.
His father was killed instantly. His mother was severely injured.
Steve was only 10. His siblings were 12, 9 and 5 years old.
Steve says this tragic time became the Genesis of Convoy of Hope.
"Four children that their lives have just been shattered and they don't really know how to get their arms around the pain and that family was willing to open up during a season where we desperately needed the kind of care they could give," Donaldson says.
That family is Bill and Lauvada Davis.
They opened up their home, their hearts and gave the kind of love that Steve says helped launch Convoy of Hope.
Compassion went beyond the Davis home.
"It was the faith community. It was the businesses. It was the service organizations [that] came together to help us get our own house and, man," recalls Donaldson, "we just experienced so much love... during an incredibly difficult time."
Since 1994, the faith-based, non-profit organization has helped more than 50 million people in more than a 100 countries through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches , disaster response.
Now, it's extending to rural compassion, reaching out to the most impoverished people in small towns.
Steve says the real heroes aren't Steve and his brothers. The real heroes are everyone working with them to make a difference.
"You just see so much love and you see so many people that sacrifice and they'll never stand in front of a camera, but they're out there and they are serving everyday," Donaldson says. "You know Convoy gets to come along side them... and man we are so fortunate to be able to serve in that kind of capacity."
Steve wanted to make sure we focused on who the true heroes are.
He says it's those people who have donated and volunteered to help others.
People like the Davis', who gave the Donaldson's children hope and inspired them to work, so that other people without many of life's basic needs.
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