Thousands turned out Saturday for one of the biggest one-day efforts to help a growing community in need.
An estimated 10,000 people were expected at McKinley High School, one of three sites on Oahu for this year's Convoy of Hope.
They let them in about a half hour earlier than scheduled because of the size of the crowd that had gathered.
"We're inviting anybody who needs help. No questions asked and everything is free," said Scott Sonoda, state coordinator for Convoy of Hope Hawaii.
Part of a nationwide effort to provide help and hope to people in need, it's a spirit of giving that drives the mission.
"It's not just giving a helping hand. The help that we're giving is for a day, a day of compassion, but we're hoping the hope and love that we give will go beyond today and send a message that it's really love and hope that people are really hungry for," said Klayton Ko, Convoy of Hope Hawaii executive board member.
Sixty-seven tons of donated food was being handed out, along with school supplies, clothes, health care services, even haircuts.
"I'm down to only social security income, so there's a lot of things I cannot afford, that's why I'm here," said Chen Wei-Yuan, 79, who was getting a haircut.
People lined up for free massages, manicures and makeup.