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Heat cuts Convoy of Hope event short; 4 rushed to hospital

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Large fans try to cool off participants and volunteers alike at the Convoy of Hope event this morning. Large fans try to cool off participants and volunteers alike at the Convoy of Hope event this morning.

(WMC-TV) - A local mission to feed millions of people in need had to be shut down today due to the extreme heat.  Medics rushed four people to the hospital, after triple digit temperatures turned the Convoy of Hope into a health hazard.

More than a thousand Convoy of Hope attendees packed the Mid-South Fairgrounds for prayer and free services.

"You're coming through the prayer lines and they're praying for you as you come through," stated attendee Rosemary Mayfield.

Volunteer Anthony Wallace said they were assisting the needy by, "giving them groceries, clothing, health care, education.  All their daily needs"

The searing temperatures provided by Mother Nature, however, cut the event short.

"We were originally supposed to be out here until two," said Wallace.

Four people could not endure the hundred degree heat even before high noon, and had to be rushed to the hospital.  That's when the Health Department ended the event around 11:30, just an hour and a half after it began.

People used every tool in the book to beat the heat. White towels on their heads, coolers packed with ice, even umbrellas.

"It's hot outside.  100 degrees.  I knew there was going to be a crowd too," stated Wendy Walker, who attended the event.

Participants needed no extra prompting to clear out.

"I'm waiting on my family members and we're leaving (laugh)," Walker said.

When volunteers got the word the event had to shut down, they ramped up the giveaways.

"We sacked up over four thousand bags so we're trying to give them all away so everyone can go," stated Wallace.

In the end, thought, the convoy still completed the mission.

"They want to do it for the people and they're looking past the heat," said Wallace.

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