Church members collect cleaning supplies for Friendship Fairmont

March 12 – FAIRMONT – When Brad Smith, then a seminary intern, led a prayer with a group of young people at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1990, he wanted to make sure the children were getting a lesson on food insecurity.

“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.” This was the inspiration for a national non-profit organization he would start called Souper Bowl of Caring.

This year in Fairmont, members of Fairmont First Presbyterian Church celebrated Super Bowl Sunday with Smith’s message in mind. Church members celebrated Souper Bowl of Caring as a way to fellowship and help the needy.

Members of the church’s hospitality committee prepared homemade soups ranging from traditional chicken noodles to spicy chili. The congregation stopped by the church kitchen after Sunday service and picked up pints of soup to enjoy at home due to COVID protocols.

In exchange for the soup, members dropped off cleaning supplies and cash donations for the Fairmont Friendship Peer Recovery Center at the corner of Locust and Cleveland Avenues.

“It’s one of the ways our church family gives back to the community,” said hospitality president Deanna Kritzer. “We have been so blessed and we want to pass it on.”

Pictured above: FFPC Pastor Even Walker, Reverend DD Meighen, Kritzer, Anne Schooley, Pam Bunner, Janet Chittum, Kathy Snider, Charlene Walker and Betty Pat Lee.

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