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Jeff Foxworthy Joins Roswell Day of Hope
Jeff Foxworthy Joins Roswell Day of Hope

ROSWELL, GA -- Roswell Day of Hope is gearing up to celebrate its third year of bringing together community organizations, churches and businesses to provide help and hope for those in need.

The 2011 event will be on Saturday, Apr. 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall (38 Hill Street, 30075). Free buses will run between City Hall and Mimosa Elementary School (1550 Warsaw Road, 30076) to make the initiative even more accessible.

More than 70 Roswell-area organizations and 1,000 volunteers will participate in this city-wide outreach, offering free groceries, health and dental screenings, a job fair, hair cuts, games and activities for children, and live entertainment in a festival-like atmosphere.

Some 5,000 guests are expected to attend.

"Our community comes together each year for Roswell Day of Hope to help those less fortunate, and it is a huge success," said Mayor Jere Wood. "This event shows the caring and generosity of our residents and non-profit organizations. The people of Roswell make this a great community to live in, and I know each year's event will be even more successful."

Jeff Foxworthy has served as Roswell Day of Hope Honorary Chairperson since the beginning.

"The Roswell community shows its heart for neighbors in need through Roswell Day of Hope," said Foxworthy. "The event is a real blessing to so many families and reaches them right where they live with services that meet their immediate needs. I'm glad to be part of this community effort where people come together to offer their neighbors love, support and hope."

Past Roswell Days of Hope have resulted in many life-changing stories among those who attend.

A homeless family receives a place to live, guests are diagnosed with and start treatment for diabetes, men and women are interviewed and hired for much-needed jobs, and bare pantries are filled with free groceries.

Roswell Day of Hope provides the groceries through a partnership with Convoy of Hope, a national non-profit organization that offers emergency relief to cities around the world.

"Many people are not aware that 21% of the Roswell population earns less than $35,000 annually, and the current economic downturn continues to increase the demand for our services," said Barbara Duffy, executive director of North Fulton Community Charities. "The Roswell Day of Hope outreach is beneficial in meeting not only immediate needs, but important on-going needs as well."

"While many in our community are struggling to make ends meet, the Roswell Day of Hope is a beacon of light amidst the uncertainty and vulnerability of today," said Congressman Tom Price. "This is a wonderful partnership between the City of Roswell, area businesses, local churches, community groups and generous individuals working together to provide a wide range of services to our neighbors in need. The Roswell Day of Hope is truly one of our community's finest expressions of charity and compassion."

Roswell Day of Hope will be held rain or shine. The groceries are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. No identification is required to receive services.

A volunteer rally will be held on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event. To register to volunteer for Roswell Day of Hope, call 770-641-5606.