Heat cuts short event aimed at helping poor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Heat put a damper on a caravan aimed at helping some of the 46 million people in America living in poverty during a stop in Memphis.

Memphis Fire Services Director Alvin Benson told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/LXJ0mg ) that the "Convoy of Hope" event Saturday at The Fairgrounds stopped at noon instead of continuing until 4 p.m. CDT because of the weather.

Authorities started getting calls about heat-related problems soon after the even began at 10 a.m. as large crowds poured into the event to receive free groceries, medical screenings and other goods and services estimated to total $1 million.

The event was among dozens of stops along a 50-state, $50 million tour.

Some of the heat victims were transported to hospitals, although Benson said he didn't know how many.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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