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Hope for Our City feeds 1,200 at free event
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Volunteers prepare meals of hot dogs and potato chips at Hope for Our City Saturday. - photo by Daniel Kiewel

Sponsors of the Hope for Our City event said 1,200 bags of groceries were given away and 1,200 free meals were served last Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The community service and ministry event ran from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 30. Hope for Our City involved an estimated 250 volunteers from 17 area churches, as well as numerous civic and ministry organizations, along with international relief organization Convoy of Hope.

In a social media post on the event page on Facebook, organizers said:

“2022 Hope For Our City was a successful event! God is good, and you were part of the touching lives of the people in our community of Great Bend.

“It was amazing to see all the smiling faces at the event. At every station, people were being shown the love of Christ by providing for their needs, in doing so we trust that hearts were softened and seeds were planted! Continue to pray for Great Bend!”

All goods and services provided at the event were free. Here is the final giveaway tally, as reported by the group:

• 1,200 bags of groceries

• 1,200 meals served

• 1,200 kids’ prizes

• 800 sno-cones

• 800 servings of cotton candy

• 500 Bibles

• 500 teen “swag” bags

• 500 backpacks filled with school supplies for area students

• 400 pairs of socks

• 350 faces painted

• 250 kids’ crafts

• 200 children’s books

• 150 Christian books/devotionals

• 140 haircuts

• 50 bicycle tire tubes

• 40 family portraits

• 35 bikes repaired

• 11 bikes given away

• Prayed one-on-one with over 60 people