PAINESVILLE, Ohio — The Convoy of Hope is rolling into Northeast Ohio, bringing a variety of help to those in need. The one day giveaway will be Saturday, June 23, at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
The Painesville community will provide an estimated $1 million in goods and services. Five thousand bags of groceries will be given out. There will also be free health screenings, including breast cancer exams and dental services.
Local Convoy of Hope Lead Coordinator Pastor Jeff Sivyer said anyone in need is welcome. No identification is required.
“If they have a need and they stand in line, they can access all of our services. Whether it is receiving shoes or groceries or clothing, or giving their kids a chance to play in the kid zone, or whether or not they want to have a free haircut, family portrait,” Pastor Sivyer said.
The Convoy of Hope wants to pass out 2,000 pairs of new shoes. But, more are needed. The Lake County YMCA is coordinating the shoe collection.
“We are asking for donations of new athletic shoes. We feel that is the best type of shoe to be able to offer people because it is more universal and gets the better wear for a pair of shoes,” YMCA Branch Manger Debby Speck added.
Donations of new athletic shoes can be made at any of the four Lake County YMCAs. The “Y” will also shuttle people to and from the Lake County Fairgrounds. Pastor Sivyer said about 1,500 volunteers are needed for the one day event.
For more information or to volunteer, call 1-877-651-3001 or go to the local Convoy of Hope website at http://neohconvoyofhope.org/