Your Group: North Texas Chapter (NTC) Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Location: Lewisville, TX
Years Participated: 1
First Year: 2016
This Year: Collected $1,600 for Christian Community Action-Warehouse
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?We learned about Souper Bowl of Caring through participating in the South Central Region Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Regional Day of Service in January 2016.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?The NTC Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was excited about joining the Souper Bowl of Caring Team to help with tackling hunger within our community and to support not only a meaningful cause, but also to support the South Central Region's regional initiative.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?In January 2016, the mothers, fathers, teens and children of the NTC of Jack and Jill worked at the Christian Community Action (CCA) stocking and organizing food and we presented them with a $1500.00 donation.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Efforts to raise monetary funds and/or food items is most successful when people can visually see how their assistance will benefit someone in need (i.e. photos, videos, and quantitative data) which shows how the assistance affected lives.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Witnessing the customers receive food from the CCA store and seeing our chapter (mothers, fathers, small kids and teenagers) work at the pantry and make a contribution as a group to help purchase the food for them was most gratifying.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Christian Community Action, located at 200 S. Mill St. Lewisville, TX 75057, is a 5013-C non-profit organization with the purpose of helping those in need and living in poverty, Christian and non-Christian alike. CCA serves individuals in Denton County and surrounding areas of the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan area. CCA's Food Pantry is a fully-stocked, self-selection grocery store which serves more than 600 local families weekly with more than 27, 400 family visits annually.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Perhaps, a Souper Bowl of Caring representative could deliver a face-to-face presentation at regional/national meetings of non-profit organizations in various regions across the country which provides information which shows how the assistance helps families.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?Participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring initiative, affords us with an opportunity to bring hunger to the forefront of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. One in three African American children are hungry in our communities. We have the "Power to Make a Difference."
What does it mean to you?For me, personally, this mentality began for me as a young child. My mother was a natural at giving back to anyone she could so to give to others is in the fabric of who I am. I grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and was taught, as a child, the importance of giving and supporting those in need.
Having experienced family members losing all of their belongings as a result of the recent flood in Baton Rouge, Souper Bowl of Caring means a lot to me because I know how our efforts will make a difference in the lives of those in need. I am also reminded that the blessings God has afforded us with are meaningless if we are not willing to share our blessings with others by paying it forward.