Greetings, Bay Shore!
This Sunday is the last Sunday of January, and it’s been a cold month. It’s also been a hard month for many in our greater community with the rising costs of food and utilities. Now, more than ever, our gifts of canned soup are needed for the local food banks. Donations come in before Christmas, with the season of generosity stirring hearts, but January and February tend to be the leanest months for those in need and for the food bank’s donations.
Souper Bowl of Caring happens every year, and it’s a fun thing to tie it in with the Super Bowl—synods with the competing teams often have competitions of their own for the most gifts to the cause. I had a LOT of fun when the Eagles were in a few years back. My bishop was not shy wearing the jersey on Sundays! This year, I know—the Pack is not in—but we can still support the Souper Bowl and those in need.
So here are a few ways you can help:
- Our collection is from February 1 through Feb 14 only.
- Drop off canned soup to the church when the office is open. Please limit your offering to canned soup (or canned vegetables if you see a good sale).
- Soup that does NOT require milk is strongly preferred by local food banks. In fact, the most helpful soups to donate are “ready to eat” or “ready to serve.”
- If you desire, you can send a check to the church marked “soup” in the memo, and we will pass on all donated funds received to the Hunger Task Force. They are able to buy soup and other canned goods in bulk, and it does make our dollars stretch more. Please send your donation early so that we can process it all by February 14.
The cans will be delivered to a local food bank based on need. (I have three in mind, and will find out which food bank needs the soup the most after Feb. 14.)
I have no “goal” in mind, but if every household at Bay Shore participated—what an impact that would be!
Thank you for your generosity during this time of challenge for many in the Milwaukee area.
Blessings and peace,