Your Name: Crystal Botha
Your Group: First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta
Location: Tequesta, FL
Years Participated: 1
First Year: 2015
This Year: Collected $572 for C.R.O.S. Ministries
Keep up the great work!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?Through CROS Ministries of Palm Beach County.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We feel it is a great way to encourage young people to give to those in need.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We collect canned goods for several weeks leading up to Super Bowl Sunday during the offering portion of our worship service. We had children carry the baskets of food up to the altar during the service as a visible act of service. Every year our congregation has a fundraiser for our youth group on Super Bowl Sunday. We call it "Sub Sunday" and the youth make sub sandwiches for the congregation to enjoy that afternoon while watching the football game. We tried to do a food drive on our own, but found greater success with the Souper Bowl materials and resources that were made available. Additionally, since all of our food collections throughout the entire year go to CROS Ministries, when they gave us the information we felt it was a perfect fit.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?We found the most successful way to raise food items was by forming a partnership with our church preschool. On the last Friday of school before the Super Bowl they had an "NFL" theme day where the kids could break from wearing their school uniform and wear a football jersey. During the morning drop-off the pastor, preschool director and family ministries director set out a donation table for the kids to bring in canned goods on their way to class.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Children at a very young age understand the concept of hunger because it's not an abstract. During a chapel service leading up to the Souper Bowl of Caring I explained to the children how there are some children who don't have enough to eat and we should help them by sharing our food with them. When I told them there are some kids who don't even get snacks they all collectively gasped!
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.We donate our food collection to CROS Ministries, which stands for "Christians Reaching Out to Society." A local church has a food pantry for them where we take food collections every week. One of our deacons usually takes that over, but when we do special food drives like this we take over an entire truckload!
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?It might be nice to have more stickers...especially for the young children to show they did something good that day. I'm thinking along the lines of "I voted" but maybe would read "I donated". In general, though I felt like the resources we were provided were great.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?We just feel that it is a really fun way to incorporate service into what we do here.
What does it mean to you?It gives me the opportunity to communicate needs to a group of young people who have more than they need. It shows them that little problems can turn into big ones when basic needs are not met. I love the catch phrase "tackle hunger" because it proves that when we work together awesome things can be accomplished.