Convoy of Hope is coming to Flint

FLINT TWP. — Flint Central Church of the Nazarene, 1261 W. Bristol Road is among local churches participating in the Convoy of Hope Community Event coming to Flint’s Bassett Park at 10 a.m. on September 16.

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit, international, humanitarian-relief organization based in Springfield, Missouri. It partners with local groups and churches at community events around the world in a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more.

Central Church of the Nazarene is seeking 1,000 volunteers to help with the event and will host a Volunteer Rally at the church at 6:30 p.m. on September 15.

“We need everyone … to help us in this community event,” said Lead Pastor Rob Prince in his weekly newsletter. “There will be food and shoe giveaways, haircuts, bounce houses, a job fair, a prayer tent, health screening, family portraits and between 5,000-7,000 guests.”

More than 35,000 pounds of groceries will be given away while supplies last. A light lunch bag will be provided to everyone who attends. Prayer and support will be offered by local churches in addition to resources for veterans and career advice for the unemployed and underemployed. Live music and entertainment also will be offered. A kids zone will have free carnival games, inflatables and prizes.

The one-day event will be held rain or shine and is open to everyone, no identification required. Bassett Park is located at 1300 Greenway Avenue near North Ballenger Highway and Welch Boulevard.

For more information or to volunteer call 810-235-5671 or send email to

Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family, whose inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. They started by handing out free groceries from the back of a pickup truck. Today, more than 80 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. More than 160,000 children in 11 nations are being fed nutritious meals. Convoy of Hope works through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to people who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. Disaster Relief also is one of its services Currently they are active in Texas helping to feed and support people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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