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Convoy of Hope supports local families


September 6, 2017 | View PDF

International nonprofit organization Convoy of Hope is coming to Arlington for a “Day of Hope” to help low-income families from the region on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The organization provides disaster relief and runs community events to provide services for low-income individuals and families.

“They have been doing community events like this for 25 years now,” said Ilsa Chigbrow, event director and community outreach director of Arlington’s LIFEchurch360.

This will be the first time Convoy of Hope has come to Snohomish County though, she said.

The Day of Hope will be held at the Arlington Municipal Airport at 17208 51st Avenue NE, Arlington. Gates open at 10 a.m.

The event will go until supplies run out, said Chigbrow.

There will be a variety of services at the event, all of which will be provided free.

About 35,000 pounds of groceries will be brought and handed out at the event.

Children’s shoes and hair cuts will also be provided free of charge.

Working with local Community Health Centers, the Day of Hope will provide mental and dental checkups as well.

Breast cancer prevention information will be available.

Event organizers are working on securing flu shot immunizations for the Day of Hope, “but that is not confirmed yet,” said Chigbrow.

Booths for veterans services will provide access to a number of options for those who have served.

Hot lunches will also be available.

Nutrition tips for those who want to buy or grow their own food will be given at the event.

“Really talking about how to eat healthy while on a low income,” said Chigbrow.

“If they want to grow their own healthy food we can share information on how to do that,” she said.

A professional photographer at the event will provide free family pictures.

“A lot of these families have never had a professional picture done, so this is nice for them to not just have something to remember the day, but something that really allows them to celebrate their family,” said Chigbrow.

The Arlington Community Resource Center will also be on hand to help families connect with continued help.

“A lot of our event is not just about the day of, but what we can do to provide ongoing support,” said Chigbrow. “You don’t just pick up your stuff and that’s the only support you get."

Kids activities at the event include laser tag, soccer mini-camps and some giveaways.

There will be a prayer area for those who wish to participate. “And that is not pushed on our guests, it is just an area for those want to pray with a community,” said Chigbrow.

Event organizers are targeting the north Snohomish County area, including Marysville, Arlington, Darrington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood, said Chigbrow.

However, there will be no income or address verification required for the event, she said, and anyone is welcome to come.

Chigbrow said that her church hoped to put on an event to support the community.

“We really wanted to do something with other partners that would be more than what we could do alone,” she said.

They had worked with Convoy of Hope on some disaster relief efforts and thought they were “the perfect fit,” she said.

The church has to work with Convoy of Hope’s schedule, so it may not become an annual event, but they do have a second event planned for 2019.

“It may be something we do every other year,” said Chigbrow.

“But, hopefully, the partnerships we create with this between other churches and businesses help us to fill in those gaps,” she said.

Event organizers are estimating about 4,000 to 5,000 visitors. They hope to have about 1,000 volunteers.

“Volunteers are our biggest need so far,” said Chigbrow.

For more information on the event or to volunteer go to


Reader Comments

WasteOfSpace writes:

God bless you all. I became homeless this year for 6 1/2 months. Without the help of others, I wouldn't have made it. So ty for all you do. You are inspiring.


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