The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 5, 2014

Beckley Day of Hope set for Aug. 16 at soccer complex

The second annual Beckley Day of Hope, a free carnival of food, entertainment and services, will take place Aug. 16.

According to a media release from the event, 35,000 pounds of food will be distributed “to provide meals to feed thousands of people throughout the Beckley and southern West Virginia area.” Free refreshments will also be available. The day’s activities will continue until all the food is distributed.  

Those who attend can also partake of live entertainment, a children’s carnival, medical and dental services, job placement, haircuts and family portraits, among others.

Last year’s event served 3,245 guests — by the numbers: 350 family portraits, 250 children’s haircuts, 4,034 lunches, 845 pairs of shoes and 750 health screenings.

“It was a tremendous success last year,” said event coordinator Pastor John Jordan of the Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley. “The leadership team agreed to do it again.”

Jordan said he expects about 4,000 guests at this year’s event.

Convoy of Hope, based in Springfield, Mo., along with area churches and community agencies in Beckley sponsor the event.

Day of Hope has 1,200 volunteers to bring it all together at the Paul Cline YMCA Soccer Complex, east of Beckley. The day begins at 10 a.m. Shuttle services will be available on the grounds.

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