Your Group: Greenville Oaks Church of Christ
Location: Allen, TX
Years Participated: 12
First Year: 2001
This Year: Collected $2,944 for Church of Christ Disaster Relief Team
All of your hardwork is appreciated!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?When I was hired as Student Minister, Greenville Oaks had already been participating in Souper Bowl of Caring for 8 years so I continued the program.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We chose to join the team again because we are always looking for ways to connect our teachings and learning of faith to action. We want to be a caring church, and especially a caring Student Ministry. We want to care for the orphans and the widows and the sick and the needy
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?On Super Bowl Sunday, we have our students hold soup bowls around the auditorium to collect donations for the organization we are caring for. We have also participated in service projects a few times in the past.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Standing around the auditorium collecting is fairly useful. I don't think we have tried anything else.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?We were able to respond to a very local need - that was caused by the recent tornado(s) in Garland and Rowlett, TX. A small group of students and myself got to go out and respond immediately to the need buy helping with cleaning up a house that was damaged. One of the coolest parts of the day was that the homeowner came out and worked alongside of us, and ended up praying with us and for us. This lady who had lost much of her house and many of her belongings was impacted by our team and our service.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.This past year, we donated our money to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Team which responded to the tornado damage in Garland and Rowlett. The organization usually moves from disaster to disaster, but they happened to be local this year due to the tornados so we were able to work alongside them.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Social media images and "blurbs" would be helpful.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?Again, participating in Souper Bowl of Caring helps my group in particular connect faith and action. I think it also teaches these students about giving and serving and sacrificing. We live in a fairly well-off area, so this is of utmost importance.
What does it mean to you?Connected to my answer to the last question, I want my students to learn about sacrifice and giving because the culture we live in, and especially the culture they are surrounded in here in Collin County, tells them to buy and consume and do whatever is best for them.