Your Name: Peggy McClanahan
Your Group: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ
Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Years Participated: 13
First Year: 2003
This Year: Collected $398 for 2 Li'l Fishes
Thank you for your 13 years of service to Souper Bowl of Caring!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?It's hard to remember after 13 years, but it probably was from a mailing.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?Our church is always looking for ways to help people and address hunger, and this is a way for kids to take the lead in doing that.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?The collect donations in soup pots at the end of the worship service on Souper Bowl Sunday.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Having the kids promote it themselves and do the collection. Our church has a food pantry so we collect food all year. This gives us an additional way to raise support. Often we share the funds raised for Souper Bowl with other pantries or programs that help people in need, instead of channeling it to our own pantry.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Two years ago there was a terrible blizzard on Souper Bowl Sunday and only 30 people were in church. Some people put in extra money to make up for those who weren't there and our church's food pantry took $225 from its own funds to bring the Souper Bowl total up to $400, which was more in line with what we usually collect. Since that year it was going to a very needy pantry in Chicago, it was important to us to make sure they got the help they would have if the weather had been good.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.It is different every year, depending on where the need is and whether our own church's food pantry has ample funds. Recent recipients include: 2 Li'l Fishes hot meal program in Chicago, St. John United Church of Christ food pantry in Chicago, United Church of Christ International Disaster Relief for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Food Pantry at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, Oak Lawn PADS Homeless Shelter at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, Oak Lawn
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Not at this time. There are more resources already than we are able to use.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?In recent years we have had our kindergarten-5th grade youth lead the effort because they don't have as many opportunities to help others as our older youth do. It has been a great opportunity for them to learn about hunger and be glad that they can make a difference.
What does it mean to you?I am excited that we can determine where the greatest need is each year and involve the children in asking others to make a difference. It teaches them that they can make a difference and that will multiply into a lifetime of trying to help others.