Convoy of Hope charity group at Fairgrounds Field Saturday

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - For the first time ever, one of the world's largest international non-profit outreach events will take place in the City of Shreveport.

On Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, the Convoy of Hope will roll into town to set up tents, booths, stages, medic stations and kitchens to meet the needs of at least 7,000 to 10,000 area residents.

"The goal of the Shreveport-Bossier City Convoy of Hope event is to reach out to children and families by meeting their basic needs," says Steve Beyer, Convoy of Hope Coordinator. "In addition to distributing more than 60,000 pounds of groceries, 500 pairs of shoes, 7,000 lunches, beauty makeovers, haircuts, health screenings and medical and dental services there will be a job fair, games and activities for children and live entertainment and it's all FREE. No identification or verification of need will be required."

In support of the Convoy of Hope's 67th massive outreach of the year, Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover and the City Council proudly and graciously offered the resources and services of the City of Shreveport, Police and Fire Departments, SPAR and SporTran.

Add to that, an area network of more than fifty churches and 140 organizations including the American Red Cross, Southern University-Shreveport, Centenary College, Caddo Public Schools, Louisiana National Guard and countless retailers, businesses and restaurants.

"I first want to give a tremendous thank you to the City of Shreveport and to Chris Giordano, President and General Manager of the Louisiana State Fair for the use of his staff, equipment and the Fair Grounds for this extremely worthwhile event," says Mayor Glover. "When children and families are facing the daily challenges of a tough economy, it's a true blessing to have the care and support of Steve Beyer and the Convoy of Hope and the hundreds of local churches, businesses and organizations, that did not think twice, about lending a helping hand."

SporTran, the City's public transit system will provide free shuttle services from the downtown bus terminal to the fairgrounds on Saturday, November 20th. The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groceries and shoes will be distributed beginning at 11:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. "Even in these last days leading to the event, we are still adding services and people who want to help us make a difference," adds Beyer. "We encourage anyone who needs these services to come on Saturday, November 29, 2010. You will be welcomed with smiles and open arms."

In 2009, Convoy of Hope assisted nearly 7 million people in the United States and around the world by providing food, clothing, medical aid, and other needed resources through community outreaches and disaster response arms.

According to Convoy of Hope, the mission is simple. "We exist to feed millions of people in need in the United states and around the world through children's nutrition initiatives, citywide outreaches and disaster response. In 16 years, Convoy of Hope has helped more than 37 million people in more than 100 countries and given away more than $210 million worth of food and supplies to people in need."

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