Area residents who need some help will find plenty of it at the Day of Hope, a free event that will be held at Riverfront Park in Old Town next Saturday, Sept. 19.

The Day of Hope is part of the Convoy of Hope, a project that was founded in 1994 by a Missouri family whose father was killed in 1994 by a drunk driver. The family was so inspired by the outpouring of support they received that a member started the Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian organization that works through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

Convoy of Hope is holding several Days of Hope across Maine this month, including the one here, which is being organized by Old Town resident and pastor Brooke Gardner.

“The Days of Hope help give communities in need a push in the right direction,” says Gardner. “It’s an opportunity for people in need to get a hand. Everything will be free. It’s been a lot of work getting it together; local businesses and organizations have been very supportive of this in making it happen.”

The Old Town event, which will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the 19th, will offer 1,600 bags of nonperishable food. Pediatric and regular dental services, such as also will be available on a first come, first served basis. There also will be blood pressure checks, haircuts, clothing, and job agencies at the event, as well as entertainment by local bands, food, and children’s games.

“There’s a lot being offered here. We hope people will come and take advantage of it; that’s what it will be here for,” says Gardner.

Those with questions about the event should call Gardner at 207-659-6443.

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