Convoy of Hope to return in spring 7/7/2015

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Convoy of Hope to return in spring


By Rita Howell
The Convoy of Hope will head back to Batesville next spring.

After the success of its original visit to the Batesville Civic Center in May, 2011, organizers are planning to repeat the one-day offer of free groceries and a number of free services for anyone who needs a little help.

Convoy of Hope is an international non-profit organization that offers multiple free services by working with local organizations to partner resources. Dr. David Ball is the local liaison to the international organization.

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In its May, 2011, visit to Batesville, 3,190 people took advantage of free services offered through the Convoy of Hope, according to a Panolian report. A transport truck brought groceries to be distributed. There were 17 racks of gently used clothing from which guests could make selections. Local hairdressers provided 255 haircuts. Volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses saw 650 patients. Lunch was served and children were entertained in a huge kids’ area. Representatives from area agencies offered information about available resources, including help with jobs and GED and reading skills.

Thirty churches and 780 volunteer workers participated.

The next visit of the Convoy of Hope is set for April, 2016.

An organizational meeting is planned for Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Batesville First Baptist Church.The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in helping.
For more information, contact Dr. David Ball or Mary Pearl Robertson at 563-7681.