Service members gather donations for Convoy of Hope

Service members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam came together on July 24 to bag 45 tons of donated food for Convoy of Hope's upcoming Saturday event. Photo courtesy Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel

Service members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam came together on July 24 to bag 45 tons of donated food for Convoy of Hope’s upcoming Saturday event. Photo courtesy Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel

Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

Service members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam came together on July 24 at the Red Hill Assembly of God to bag donated food for Convoy of Hope’s upcoming Saturday event.

Convoy of Hope is a movement of churches, local businesses, health care providers, government organizations, and others working together to tangibly meet needs of the local populace. Last year, Convoy of Hope served more than 15,000 people on Oahu.

“We had a great evening Wednesday bagging groceries for Convoy of Hope,” said Chaplain Lt. James Ragain, Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel.

“Approximately 200 volunteers, active duty military and their families, came out to support the event. We bagged a total of 45 tons of groceries, approximately 12,000 bags, that will be distributed to families in need on Saturday at both the Aloha Stadium and Kapolei Fairgrounds sites.

I am very grateful to all of the support that we received from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam personnel. They were amazing ambassadors of our armed forces to the local community,” Ragain said.

Saturday’s free Convoy of Hope events at Aloha Stadium and Kapolei Fairgrounds (leeward site at the open field near Walmart) will open to the general public at 10 a.m.

“There will be free groceries, lunch, haircuts, family portraits, clothing and a kid’s zone,” said Jennifer Pagud, Pacific Air Forces 6 4 7 Force Support Squadron and Honolulu site coordinator for Convoy of Hope.

“We serve the military as well as civilians. If service members or their families have a need, then we encourage them to come.”

Volunteers are still needed at both the Aloha Stadium and Kapolei Fairgrounds locations (especially the leeward site) in the following areas: set-up, grocery bagging/delivery, tear down and security. For more information about volunteering, call 473-3971.

To learn more about Hawaii Convoy of Hope, visit http://hawaii.convoy outreach.org/.

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