'Day of Compassion' set for Oct. 8 at Fairgrounds Park

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35,000 pounds of free groceries to be distributed at event

From press release

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Inspiration Networks, in partnership with humanitarian agency Convoy of Hope, will supply urgently needed assistance to the poor and underprivileged of Rockford Oct. 8. The “Day of Compassion” event will be at Fairgrounds Park from 9 a.m. until noon.

Thirty-five thousand pounds of free groceries will be distributed. Last year’s Day of Compassion drew 5,200 guests and 575 volunteers.

Throughout the year, The Inspiration Networks and Convoy of Hope work with community leaders in dozens of cities throughout the country through local festivals, which feature job fairs, medical and dental assessment tents, rides and games for children, and free food and refreshments. In addition, free groceries and clothing are distributed.

This relief effort is an outreach extension of the partnership between The Inspiration Networks and Convoy of Hope.

“We share a concern for helping people in need,” said David Cerullo, president and Chief Executive Officer of The Inspiration Networks. “These relief efforts demonstrate why this partnership is so important.”

President George W. Bush joined in the INSP/Convoy of Hope relief efforts by handing out water and other relief supplies in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances.

Based in Springfield, Mo., Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994. It has received praise for its work from such dignitaries as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Clever II, and Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Belton.

Convoy has a fleet of 18-wheeler semi-trucks, a 300,000-square-foot distribution center, and the ability to gather food from across the nation. It partners with local, state, and national government agencies, businesses and local nonprofit organizations to build community unity and provide help for those in need. It has distributed more than 29 million pounds of food and supplies to more than 3 million people in need in the United States and in more than 50 countries.

“We continually are looking for ways in which we can serve others throughout the country, and look forward to connecting our cable partners with this humanitarian relief effort to help the needy in this country,” Cerullo said. “It is one more way that The Inspiration Networks gives back to the local communities, regardless of whether our network is carried on the local cable system. With INSP working with our cable system partners, we hope to build better relationships and stronger communities.”

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2005, issue

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