This weekend I had the honor and privilege of serving with HopeNow International for the past four years, in the largest backpack giveaway on the East Coast. Celebrating ten years of giving back to local communities, HopeNow and it’s volunteers feverishly stuffed 10,000 backpacks on Friday, in preparation to give them away on Saturday August 15 at the Citrus Bowl in Downtown Orlando.
The doors opened at 9am and in filtered approximately 24,000 families from surrounding areas to not only receive their free backpacks but also FREE, dental, vision, and hearing screenings (provided by our health care professionals), haircuts, food, additional supplies, and more. There was entertainment, bounce houses, story time, all donated by local vendors.
It’s hard to imagine that founder, Michael Radka started this ten years ago with I believe only 500 hundred people attending to now twenty four thousand! This just goes to show that with the right support system, commitment and dedication, your vision can and will come to fruition. Surround yourself with the right core of people and your dreams can be fulfilled!