Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX)- There were joyful tunes, red-and-white big top tents, and plenty of conversation, Saturday, in Ferguson’s Forestwood Park.

The Springfield, Missouri based non-profit “Convoy of Hope” organized more than 700 volunteers to provide free information, groceries, and even haircuts to those in need.

Barry Pugh was one of the local lay ministers working the “kids area” under one of the big tents, “The children loved the lollipops, but we also provided books about the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. When I asked them if they’d like to read a book about a king, they all raised their hands and were very excited.”

Pugh said he hopes those who came to the park on Saturday left with love in their hearts, “When you really love your neighbor, how can you do violence? When you are angry, you talk it out and work it out, you don’t pick up a weapon.”

Ferguson resident Roberta Lynch said events like these are helpful to the region’s healing process, as we approach the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, “Bless each other. Touch each other. Talk to each other and relate. That’s what this is all about. Everybody coming together and connecting together.”

Lynch also had a message of love, “If you see a brother or sister out there who needs some water or a piece of bread, give it to them. If you see your brother or sister needs a hug, give them a hug. Don’t be afraid to give them a hug. Show some love and tell them I love you.”

Convoy of Hope spokeswoman Molly Erickson says area churches and community service agencies deserve many thanks for a great event that was well-attended, “With all that’s gone on in the past, I think it’s been good for the community to come together and lift one another up with hope – not only for today, but long after we’re gone.”

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