Volunteers work to spread hope throughout western Massachusetts

Th event offered residents essential services at no cost to them

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s an event with one purpose, instilling hope in those who need it most.

Convoy of Hope’s outreach event was held at Riverfront Park in Springfield Saturday.

Th event offered residents essential services at no cost to them. Free medical care, health screenings, and dental care were just some of the many things that attracted thousands of people to the event.

Pastor Richard Adams of Bethany Assembly of God told 22News the nonprofit organization also offered something money can’t buy, hope. “This society that we live in, it really is in need of hope. There’s a hopelessness that’s in many people, and this event is to bring them hope. We’re also providing all kinds of things that people need,” he said.

More than 2,000 volunteers helped provide residents with everything from free haircuts and groceries, to family portraits, shoes for children, and even job services.

Springfield resident Miguel Rosto told 22News he wished he heard about the event sooner.  “It’s not easy financially now-a-days so anything helps. I’m a single dad so, if I were to have known about this in prior years it would have been very helpful,” he said.

Many of the volunteers were there for a reason of their own. Zulma Nedron said she donated her time to the event because at the end of the day, helping others is what matters most. “I know how it is I’ve been there, so I know it’s hard it’s not easy, because I’ve been in the streets myself, and from house to house, so it’s real hard, it’s real hard,” she said.

Saturday afternoon, Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse delivered a proclamation on behalf of the Convoy of Hope.

The faith-based, nonprofit organization has held events like Saturday’s around the world. Their goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

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