Your Name: Michelle Weekley
Your Group: St. Matthew Catholic Church
Location: San Antonio, TX
Years Participated: 9
First Year: 2007
This Year: Collected $2,677 for St. Vincent de Paul Society
We are blessed to have had you as part of our team for the past nine years, St. Matthew Catholic Church! Thank you!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?We started back in 2007 with Souper Bowl of Caring, and I believe I received some information in the mail.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We love that it is a youth-led initiative and that the youth of our parish can take over and be involved.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We have done different things over the years. We always stand at all the exits on Super Bowl Sunday and collect donations from the parishioners in soup pots, with the Souper Bowl of Caring logo on the pots, and the kids wear football jerseys. We have sold cups of soup for $1 each, and we have collected canned goods.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?The most successful part is collecting donations at the doors.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Not really, all of our parishioners are so generous and caring, but we have had people put $100 to $500 in our pots.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Every year we donate to the St. Vincent de Paul that is part of our parish. They service more than 2,000 individuals each month, and each donation we give them helps to spread that help even further. We have several refugee families that come to St. Matthew and it allows us to help show the love we have for each and every one of them.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Not really, you guys are great about supplying all that we need, we are very grateful to you for your support.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?It means that we can help each year to make sure that some little family will not go hungry, especially at that time of the year when people are eating the most.
What does it mean to you?To me, it means that the kids can have an opportunity to have something they can call their own and to show the parish that they do care and that they do want to make a difference.