Thousands get a helping hand at Dallas charity event

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Updated Saturday, May 12 at 6:24 PM

DALLAS — The Convoy of Hope kicked off a national two-year tour in Dallas Saturday to help break the cycle of poverty.

Thousands of volunteers teamed up with dozens of churches to hand out supplies and food to families in need at Fair Park.

"We know there are a lot of problems in South Dallas," said one of the organizers, Steve Patterson, pastor at Dallas Metro Family Fellowship Church. "Our primary goal is to bring hope and restoration to the citizens of Dallas."

Thousands of people wandered around dozens of booths getting everything from free groceries to haircuts to family portraits.

Krystal Williams and her young daughter received new tennis shoes. "We’re blessed," she said. "God is blessing us, he really is."

Organizers expected to help 20,000 people. After the Dallas event, the Convoy of Hope will then spend the next two years traveling the country helping people in all 50 states.

The effort is expected to cost $50 million.

Since it was formed in 1994, Convoy of Hope says it has helped more than 51 million people in more than 100 countries.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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