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Haiti is the site of one of Convoy of Hope's largest children's feeding programs. The one-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake was Jan. 12.Photo courtesy CONVOY OF HOPE
Haiti is the site of one of Convoy of Hope's largest children's feeding programs. The one-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake was Jan. 12.

Photo courtesy CONVOY OF HOPE

Jonas Brothers donate $70K to Convoy of Hope

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The Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation has awarded a $70,000 grant to Springfield's Convoy of Hope.

The donation will be used to fund daily school children's feeding programs in Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Kenya, as well as a weekly family feeding program in the Philippines, said Jeff Nene, Convoy of Hope public relations officer.

Nene speculated that the donation ties in with the Jan. 12 one-year anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Immediately following the earthquake, the Jonas Brothers Foundation donated to Convoy of Hope for the second time.

Additionally, the Jonas Brothers posted on their individual Twitter accounts about Convoy of Hope, encouraging their fans to aid the Springfield nonprofit in its Haiti efforts. Nene said the response from fans crashed the Convoy of Hope Web site.

The first donation came months before the earthquake when the foundation first heard of the work being done by Convoy of Hope, Nene said.

He said the foundation donated approximately $80,000 to the nonprofit in 2010.

"Like us, the Jonas Brothers want to fight hunger by making sure impoverished children have nutritious food to eat each day,” Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, said in a news release. “We are very thankful for their generosity and for linking arms with us.”

The Change for the Children Foundation was started to support programs that affect children facing adversity.

Through its Web site, the foundation also sells Jonas Brothers merchandise, with a portion of the sales given to its causes.

The nonprofit philanthropy organization Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 and has served more than 37 million people worldwide. The group focuses on children's initiatives, community outreach, disaster response and partner resourcing, according to its Web site.
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