Your Name: Finley Sutton
Your Group: Thornwell Home for Children
Location: Clinton, SC
Years Participated: 13
First Year: 1999
This Year: Collected $1,235 for Laurens Cluster Food Bank and united Ministries
Thank you, Thornwell Home for Children, for recognizing the need in your community and teaching the students who come through your doors that they can make a difference.
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?We are a Presbyterian Children's Home so we heard about Souper Bowl of Caring through our church.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?Because we know there are many folks in our community who need food.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We collect door-to-door canned goods and donations in the neighborhoods near Thornwell Home for Children. The week before we collect we let everyone know we are coming by putting fliers on everyone's door.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Notifying folks ahead of time that we are going to be collecting. People often leave their canned goods on the doorstep and all we have to do is pick it up.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?The Cluster Food Bank was almost out of food when we had the Souper Bowl of Caring collection and we were able to fill up their pantry. There is one man who often gives us a very large check which is a nice surprise for the youth who receives it.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.We give one half of our collection to United Ministries in Clinton which runs a local food bank and one half to the Laurens Cluster Food Bank in Lydia Mills community in Clinton. The Laurens Cluster Food Bank is much smaller and serves a very needy population. It is located in the Lydia Mills Presbyterian Church.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Provide guidelines for collecting food door-to-door.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?The Thornwell Youth Group is a missional youth group. This is one of the many ways we are teaching our youth to give back to the community.
What does it mean to you?Watching our kids get excited about going through the neighborhood and collecting food, bringing it back and counting all the cans and money is rewarding for me. It's a great way to actually SEE the difference we all can make.