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Charity spotlight: Convoy of Hope

Some 300 kids arrive weekly to a Rockaway Beach church for a healthy meal.
Some 300 kids arrive weekly to a Rockaway Beach church for a healthy meal.

In Rockaway Beach, not far from the resort town of Branson, there’s a weekly reminder about the importance of charitable work.

At Bridge of Faith Community Church, hundreds of children line up to receive a healthy meal. The church is a Rural Compassion partner of the Convoy of Hope.

“Each week we’ll have around 300 people and about half of those are children who are in sixth grade and younger,” ministry assistant Nadeine Gold said.

Pastor Jonathan McGuire, no stranger to meeting people in need, said this while showing a picture to a Convoy of Hope representative: “This girl and her father were living in a van last winter.”

The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a PGA Tour stop in August in Springfield, is proud to have the Convoy of Hope back on as one of our 43 charities this year. The tournament has gifted almost $13 million in its 26-year history and is eager to be a powerhouse for children’s charities.

About Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope's Rural Partnership in action in Rockaway Beach.
Convoy of Hope’s Rural Partnership in action in Rockaway Beach.

The Donaldson family’s inspiration for starting Convoy of Hope traces back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969.

The organization works through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

“We are honored to be named a children’s charity for the annual Price Cutter Charity Championship event,’ says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “Partnerships like this make what we do possible and have allowed us to reach more than 70 million people since 1994.”

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.

The iconic symbol of Convoy of Hope.
The iconic symbol of Convoy of Hope.

This is achieved through:

ENGAGING: Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

CARING: Convoy of Hope partners, resources and empowers rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

NOURISHING: Nearly 150,000 children in 10 nations are being fed nutritious meals by Convoy of Hope. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, the organization feeds children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

GROWING: Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work that Convoy of Hope conducts throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for Convoy’s children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

RESPONDING: Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. Convoy of Hope is highly regarded for its scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

PARTNERING: Convoy of Hope empowers like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

Here’s how to help …

Rising Stars, Raising Hopes

BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens (with food badges), on-course signage and events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Businesses also can donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by Copy Products, Inc. and University Plaza.

The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.

WIN A NEW TRUCK: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket can win one of 500 daily gift cards as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT. It’s also good for a four-day tournament pass.

Win this truck
Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, for a $25 buy-in.

SEE THE FUTURE OF THE PGA TOUR: The PCCC is from Aug. 5-15, with the pros beginning play on Aug. 11 at Highland Springs Country Club. For tickets or other ways to assist, call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.

Dawie vander Walt shows his winners trophy after the final round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield on August 16, 2015.
Dawie vander Walt won the 2015 PCCC. (Photo courtesy of StidzMedia)

HELP CONVOY OF HOPE: A non-profit that has a worldwide reach, Convoy of Hope lends a hand to rural communities hit by poverty and natural disasters, to name a few. To make a donation by phone, call 417-823-8998.