Life has been harder than usual for Meg Heckman. "I just started back at work. I've been out of work for a couple of years," said Heckman.
But today, the Eastlake mother received help from Convoy of Hope, a non-profit, mobile organization that provides much needed services such as a hair-cuts and dental check-up. They also provide food, shoes and more. Services Heckman said too many people take for granted. "It's wonderful, we used the health services, we had a free screening," said Heckman holding her young son.
Convoy of Help returned to Lake County for what we're being told was the third time in three years. "There's a kind of irony here in Lake County in that it's the 8th wealthiest county in the state of Ohio and yet it also is resident for a number of very impoverished people," Jeff Sivyer, who helped organize the event.
Sivyer said last year, over 4,500 people attended Convoy of Hope, but Lake County isn't the only area around Northeast Ohio in need.
Warrensville Heights was another site where food was being given. Mayor Brad Sellers said people all over are struggling with this economy.
"It's a tough economy out there and it doesn't distinguish between suburbs or city. It really doesn't," said Sellers. The mayor was one of several volunteers working Cleveland Foodbank's new mobile food pantry location at the Car Parts Warehouse on Miles Road. Everyone who went received fresh food enough for a three day supply.
"I praise God and I praise the county that they put this; a good group of people in there. They're all helpful and they're trying to make the best for you." said Heckman.
Convoy of Hope was in Lake County for one day only as part of their 50 state tour. Future stops include Dayton and Cincinnati. The Warrensville Heights location will be here to stay for at least one year. Volunteers will serve food at the same location once a month.
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