Our first collaborative distribution event with Giving Children Hope and Wings of Faith was a big success.
On Friday 5/5 Jim Yost (Wings of Faith) flew over so he could be there when the semi-truck load (yes semi-truck) of items was delivered to the hanger/warehouse in Holbrook AZ.
On Sunday 5/7 Dave Kirsch (Operation 29:11), Christine Sanchez (Giving Children Hope), Randy Williams (Operation 29:11) and I (Operation 29:11) drove over to Holbrook, AZ. Dave and Christine were pulling the Operation 29:11 trailer packed with more items.
On Monday 5/8 Jeff (Wings of Faith), Konrad (Wings of Faith) and Mark (videographer from Hawaii) flew in and joined us in getting our trailer unloaded and everything organized in the warehouse for the next day.
On Tuesday 5/9 we arrived early to set up for the event. Mother Nature decided we needed to have some rain which continued all the way to the end of the event and she even threw in some hail and wind. People starting arriving way before the event was to start so we put them to work helping us set up tables/chairs. As people came in, we had them sign in, gave them a Thank You goodie bag and handed them a Needs Assessment sheet that we asked them to fill out and turn in before they left.
At 11:30 we started the event which included the hanger/warehouse dedication, lunch and then distribution of product. Konrad (Wings of Faith) was our MC for the event. He opened up with some information about the event. First up was the hanger/warehouse dedication where we had three different people pray. First was Pastor Bob Seymour (Native American Missions Support) who said a prayer in English, next was Veldon Clendon (Hope Center Ministries) who said a prayer in Apache and then Allen Woody (Thoreau Outreach) who said a prayer in Navajo.
After the dedication was complete, we provided lunch for everyone and a time to get to know each other. We had about 75 people from 25 organizations not including the 9 of us hosting the event.
Once lunch was complete, the gathering, inventorying and loading up of the items was done. This was a bit tricky since it was raining out and the center of the warehouse was set up with table and chairs. The different organizations were told to walk the perimeter of the warehouse and gather up the items they could use and find a place in the center to make their pile. Part way thru this process we had to remove as many of the tables and chairs as we could. Once the organization had what they needed they one of us would do the inventory on what they were taking then they would work on getting it loaded into their vehicle/truck/trailer and hopefully not get soaked while doing that.
It was a great day even if it was a bit of chaotic at times. We were able to get into the hands of those who could distribute the items to those in need.
Check out our gallery for pictures from the event.