Your Name: Lisa Ellcessor
Your Group: The Compass Church
Location: Selma, IN
Years Participated: 8
First Year: 2008
This Year: Collected $2,573 for The Compass Church Food Pantry
Way to go!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?Many years ago, I received a flier in the mail.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We do a monthly mission with our teens in our church and I felt this one was creative and catchy with the title. Since then we have been collecting over 1,000 cans of soup every year!
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?During the month of February, we collect soup cans in the breezeway of our entrance to church. The cans are sorted by the teens and counted and then donated to our food pantry located in the church.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?The most effective is to just ask people to donate, set a high goal and show the need. We also do lots of thanks afterwards with hope about reaching our goal. People love to share and give and we believe generosity breeds more generosity. So we offer lots of opportunities at our church for people to give according to their passion. Some love to donate, some love to give money. Also some love to do local missions and others have passion for national and international missions. We try to offer a different opportunity to give to missions each week and it is working!! God has blessed so many people out of every mission ministry we start and complete. It is amazing.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Our church food pantry reaches out to Delaware County in Indiana. It is open the first Tuesday of each month in the morning and the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the evenings. We serve about 80-100 families each month. The people that come are so sweet and they smile so much. It has become a loving atmosphere because there is the Lord's peace in the room and we pray for them or with them if they want that. It is run by lots of volunteers and each person who comes to the food pantry is given a client shopping list that they can choose which foods they want. After receiving their list, we pack the bags with their groceries and encourage them. We also help them out to their car if needed. Light snacks are served also during the pantry and it has become a sweet fellowship for many people that need a smile and some love.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?You are doing great. We do love the posters and DVD's for publicity.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?It is great to be a part of something so big. We are 1 of 6,500 who work together to fight hunger and poverty and share God's love. You do a great job encouraging us.