The event is entirely free of charge and no identification is required. Free groceries will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Organizers estimate that up to 500 local volunteers will be needed the day of the event. A Volunteer Rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at the D&R Theatre in Aberdeen. Anyone wishing to participate in any capacity is encouraged to attend the rally.

Thousands of dollars have already been raised to defray the significant costs of putting on an event of such magnitude, but local financial support is still needed. Tax deductible donations can be made to Grays Harbor Convoy of Hope, P.O. Box 703, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

For more information or to volunteer, call (360) 591-6168, or log onto