Thousands of people in Creek County got a helping hand Saturday through a faith based organization called Convoy of Hope.
Families could receive several different items and services they may need through the organization. All they had to do was wait in line at the no questions asked event. The message behind this event was just as simple as it was to get inside the doors.
"We lay down all of our difference and say how can we help people," Coordinator for the Sapulpa Convoy of Hope Bob Roche said.
The families were surprised to see all the items and assistance.
"I have been out in Creek County all my life and I have never seen anything like this," Mannford resident Eulah Ernsberger, said.
Families in attendance received medical and dental screenings, lunch, haircuts, backpacks while spending time playing and having fun with their children. One of the biggest draws of the day was the 40,000 pounds of groceries this organization was giving away. They also had 10,000 pounds of fresh produce and bread.
The longest line of the day wasn't for the food or diapers, but for family pictures. Several of the families said they have never had a family picture taken before and those stories are part of the reason the convoy came to Sapulpa.
"We saw the need in our own community, people that are living below poverty and we thought we could be of help to them, not only through food but multiple services," Roche said.
800 volunteers signed up to be at the event to help more than three thousand people, but as the day went on Roche says they know they helped more than their goal.
"The moment we opened the gates, within fifteen minutes, we were already out of the tags for kids to get free pairs of shoes and we had 1,084 pairs of shoes here to give away," Roche said.
Convoy of Hope travels around the country, making stops just like this one. Each year they donate millions of dollars to communities in need.
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