Convoy of Hope to offer food, clothes this weekend

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It has been called the largest Christmas party in Charleston and its purpose is to help families in need. The Convoy of Hope will be delivering goods and services in Charleston on Saturday.

This year, the non-profit plans to give away more than 100,000 pounds of groceries, a truck full of clothes, offer free health screenings, job fairs, haircuts, games for children and provide live entertainment at the event.

"We have people in our ministry that used to come to this place when the bridge was here and used to buy drugs, used to do all kinds of things," said Convoy of Hope coordinator Gordon Cashwell. "They're going to be out here now, not on drugs anymore, and they'll be serving the people right here."

This is the ninth year the Convoy of Hope will deliver goods and services to needy families for the holidays. Organizers moved the event to the corner of Meeting and Lee Streets in hopes to reach more people.

Seventy area churches and more than 1,000 volunteers will be there to help pass out the groceries and food.

"We do care. There are some people out there in this community that like to go above and beyond the call of duty, and show that they really care for people. The Convoy of Hope presents that," State Representative Wendell Gilliard said.

The Convoy of Hope starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the corner of Meeting and Lee Streets of downtown Charleston. The first 1,500 children will get gifts. Groceries will be first-come first-serve while supplies last.

"That's what the Bible tells us," Cashwell said. "To help the poor and to go outside the church walls. That's what we're trying to do in a major way this weekend."

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