Non-profit organization brings hope to Oahu families in need

Non-profit organization brings hope to Oahu families in need
Bulla Eastman
Bulla Eastman
Jonathan Inouye
Jonathan Inouye

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Convoy of Hope is an international organization aimed to eliminate poverty. On Saturday, they provided special services for thousands of local families.

More than 3,000 volunteers from local churches and organizations united at three locations across Oahu including McKinley High School, Kapolei Fairgrounds, and Kailua District Park.

Eager guests endured the wet weather at McKinley High School, with some people lining up as early as 7 a.m.

Services included free medical and dental check-ups, as well as free haircuts and family portraits.

"We took portraits and went to get the free clothes," Convoy of Hope guest Jonathan Inouye said. "We also got the food and went around to some of the booths."

The day-long event also featured live entertainment and a keiki fun zone.

To meet immediate needs, more than 67 tons of food was distributed to families.

"Because we're Hawaii, we asked Convoy to give us things our island people want," Convoy of Hope Hawaii Administrator Lyn Eastman said. "There's a bag of rice. There's three-to-five bags of ramen. There's pancake mix and corn."

While many local families are struggling with everyday needs, the non-profit organization wants them to know that there is hope.

"A lot of times people come and they're a little down-trotted. They may be a little depressed. Life may be upside down," Convoy of Hope Hawaii Media Director Bulla Eastman said. "But when they leave here today, what we want them to leave with - and what I see - is a smile on their face, some groceries in hand, and whole lot of hope in their heart."

According to event organizers, more than 20,000 people received services on Saturday. That's more than 6,000 people compared to last year's event which was held at Aloha Stadium.

Organizers say they look forward to helping even more families next year.

For more information, visit Convoy of Hope Hawaii's website.

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