The Convoy of Hope passes through Polson

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A convoy of trucks arrived in Polson filled with food, water, cleaning supplies and more. Several community groups and organizations added clothing, shoes, school supplies, books, bicycle helmets, backpacks, infant car seats and various additional items.

Kiosks offering the free items and services lined 3rd Avenue on both sides of Main Street. It was the community that came together to help and give hope to others in the community less fortunate than themselves on this fourth annual Day of Hope.

The Convoy Of Hope is a disaster relief branch of the Assemblies of God Community and their mission is to provide relief and hope worldwide. Teenagers affiliated with the Assemblies of God Speed ​​the Light program raise funds that are used to fund convoys from their base in Springfield, Missouri. Earlier this summer, the Speed ​​the Light convoy helped two towns in south-central Montana that were ravaged by flooding.

New Life Church pastor Jason Burrough, who came to Polson from Houston, had witnessed the outreach program there and began organizing this similar event at Polson. Several other church members, including Kristi Sopki and Bonnie Klein, helped run the event and led dances and games.

Other churches in the area including Lake City Baptist Church and Pablo Christian Church, as well as Montana State University and the University of Montana, St. Lukes Hospital, St. Polson City, Findley Point Fire Department, CASA, North Lake County Public Library, Anderson Broadcasting, Bird Family Dentistry, and the Polson Football, Volleyball, and Cheer teams participated in a variety of ways to make it a fun and enjoyable day. beneficial.

The CSKT Tribal Health and Tribal Education had almost a block of stalls offering dental screenings, Covid tests, bicycle helmets, water, tissue boxes, books, etc. Perhaps the most appreciated gift of the day was the 350 backpacks of different colors donated by the Pablo Christian Church. All backpacks were dispersed within two hours and were quickly filled with school supplies provided by Tribal Education and others.

The atmosphere of the event was truly positive with the variety of groups and organizations interacting to provide a community event that lightened the load and brought relief and smiles. Even the Cats and Griz got together for the day to help out with the community spirit. Moods were also lifted by the Polson Cheerleaders painting faces, football and volleyball players signing posters and, if you timed it right, the volleyball team dancing a choreographed line dance.

As the morning passed at noon, the day grew warmer and the crowds thinned out, but there were still many children wearing bicycle helmets and backpacks and many parents carrying boxes of food, water and other items. This joyous event really brought the “Be Kind” movement to life and those who attended are probably looking forward to next year’s event.

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