"Poverty Free Day" at the Tyson Events Center
(SIOUX CITY, IA) Free groceries, haircuts, shoes, and games. It sounds too good to be true.
But it's happening tomorrow at Sioux City's Tyson Events Center.
"Convoy of Hope" a natural disaster response group from Missouri is teaming up with local churches and businesses as part of a community outreach giving away more than $50,000 worth of food and services to anyone.
Convoy for Hope has been helping communities in need since the early 90's - serving more than 55 million people around the world. Hal Donaldson the president of Convoy started the organization with his siblings.
"He and his family were thrust into poverty when he was little. His father was killed by a drunk driver and his mother was injured in that accident and they had people from their church step up and help them," said Jason Bachman, The National Outreach Director for Convoy of Hope.
Hal eventually became a journalist and writer. That path landed him the interview of a lifetime - an interview with Mother Theresa.
"She asked him the question 'what are you doing to help the poor?' And at that point he said he didn't have much to say but it literally changed the trajectory of his life at that point," said Bachman.
Hal wanted to pay it forward so he held a community outreach.
"They took a pickup load filled with groceries, they went into a community and yelled, 'Hey, free groceries!' Within an hour they were gone," Said Bachman.
Just like that an organization was born and Saturday it's inviting the Siouxland community to stop by the Tyson Events center for a "Poverty Free Day"
"Our goal is if they can feel hopeful, as a result of some physical needs being met and just the feeling that somebody cares, its amazing how that can change the direction of someone's life there," said Bachman.
Some of the giveaways include haircuts, lunch, groceries, shoes, family portraits and job placement services. Of course there's all kinds of things for the kids to do here, like face painting, a bouncy house and even some basketball.
"It makes me proud as a pastor, as a Christian to say hey I can have a part, other churches can have a part in this community in helping to ease some of that pressure that are on people that are struggling," said Pastor Johnny Helton, from Morningside Assembly of God.
The Event starts at 10 AM and will go until supplies last. Everyone is invited.