Your Name: Linda Kittle
Your Group: St Rose of Lima School
Location: Rockaway Beach, NY
Years Participated: 5
First Year: 2007
This Year: Collected $150 for St. Mary's Food Pantry, Collected $250 for St Rose of Lima Food Pantry, Collected $150 for House of Rock Church
Thank you for being Souper Stars, at such a critical time within your community!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?I originally got involved with the Souper Bowl of Caring with Rev. Andrea Zarou at my Church, Christ Presbyterian Church, Broad Channel, New York. Working at St. Rose of Lima Academy school, I then asked Mrs. Theresa Andersen, the principal, if we could start collecting and of course she thought it was a wonderful cause!
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?St. Rose of Lima Church has a soup pantry and my church always donated their portions to the parish since I worked at the school.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?The Academy has a $1 dress down for the day with the children wearing their jerseys or t-shirts of their favorite sports team. One year we had them wear the colors of the actual teams that were in the Super Bowl. Of course that year it was the New York Giants.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Our dress downs are the biggest draw. The children do not have to wear their uniforms on that day if they pay $1.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?The Rockaway Beach area was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The food pantry was decimated. Our Academy was the first school on the peninsula to open with the help of a generator and had sustained minimal damage. Our Souper Bowl of Caring was especially meaningful that year bringing much needed canned goods and money to the Parish.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Our collection goes to the food pantry for St. Rose of Lima Church. During these economic times, the food pantry is a large part of the Parish Community.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?No, we think it is an awesome event and runs just perfectly on your part.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?The children know what it is to help others. There are other collections as well throughout the year for the pantry as well.
What does it mean to you?Souper Bowl is a great and easy way to raise funds for food. Everyone is a winner: the children in their jerseys, the people running the pantries and the recipients of the donations!