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"Convoy Of Hope" To Roll Into Springfield

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Organizers of a faith-based outreach event this weekend to help the needy in western Massachusetts expect a big turnout.

Volunteers with the Convoy of Hope plan to  provide more than $1 million worth of goods and services, for free, to anyone who shows up Saturday at Riverfront Park in Springfield. 

Spokesman David McCoy said in addition to giving away bags of free food, there will be health screenings, haircuts,  job-hunting services, shoes for children, and more.  

" We are basically just trying to help people in the city-- in the Hampden County area actually--just get a hand up," said McCoy.

The national nonprofit Convoy of Hope holds 30-40 events each year in places with high poverty rates.  Large turnouts were reported at events earlier this summer in Minnesota, Wichita, Kansas, and Ferguson, Mo.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.