Heart full of love (and fridge full of soup!): SpReAd the Love Weekly Update

I think that the world is a experiencing a bit more kindness these days…the STL kindness reports keep growing from week to week.  Remember, any gesture of kindness, no matter how small, is worthy.   Even though it might seem small to you, it probably has a much larger effect on the receiver.  Personally, it’s been a big week as I wrap up the annual soup sale, that I coordinate as a fundraiser for the Kindergarten-6th Grade Youth Group at my church, by delivering some frozen leftovers to the homeless shelter.

Soup's On!!

Soup’s On!!

This year we had 85 donated quarts of soup to sell to our congregation (in our “house” if you sell food, they will buy it!) for $5 each to support youth group activities.  Part of the funds raised go to offset cost on recreational activities that keep our kids off the mean streets of NE Wisconsin….Yeah, just a tad of sarcasm there, but kids today are faced with increasingly difficult choices and we try to provide an environment that they not only associate with worship, but also friendship and fun.  A place where they can turn if they need help with one of those difficult choices.

In addition to the purely fun stuff, this group also actively supports a variety of mission based projects so that we can teach them that no matter how small, everyone can make a difference.  I’ve already mentioned our annual holiday family adoption .  I received the most beautiful, heartfelt, handwritten letter from the mother of that family who expressed not only her thanks for the assistance, but her sincere hope that someday soon she would be in a position to give to someone else what had been given to her.  My heart was full of love reading that…knowing that we had made a difference for this family.

The kids have also helped out serving food at a local homeless shelter and saving change to donate food to local animal shelters.  From time to time, we also have enough to donate to international aid projects.  One of my favorite sponsored projects in the past few years was the purchase of a Knitter’s Basket from Heifer International

For more info:  heifer.org

For more info: heifer.org

It doesn’t really matter if it is a grand gesture or a small kindness as long as kids see adults doing these things, and do them alongside us, the lesson is the same.

This is a lesson that a lot of people in Armitageworld seem to be familiar with already….look at these totals:

stl tally jan 26

With a full week remaining in January, we are already better than half way to maxing out the matching gift pledge.   With the added incentive of the “book challenge” I predict we will blow right past our original goal by the end of February!  Can you feel the kindness all around you?  Pass it along 🙂

Logo designed by Gisborne's Boy

Logo designed by Gisborne’s Boy

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15 comments on “Heart full of love (and fridge full of soup!): SpReAd the Love Weekly Update

  1. jazzbaby1 says:

    Have we talked about Stuffed Pepper Soup? I love the recipe my former parish uses for their soup sale…deeeelicious! And yay for more kindnesses! We should be right on track to spend all of our co-conspirator’s offered money. 🙂

    • obscura says:

      I love stuffed pepper soup! (are you willing to share that recipe?)

      I’m extremely excited…every week we match, then exceed the previous week.

      • jazzbaby1 says:

        If I can get it…it’s a secret recipe, let me see if I can talk someone out of it, lol! And, yes, I’m thrilled with what’s been totalled!

        • obscura says:

          I have top level recipe security clearance ;). I’ve made it before, but it’s never quite right.

          • Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings

            2 pounds ground beef

            1 green bell pepper, chopped

            1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce

            1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes

            2 cubes beef bouillon cube

            1/4 cup packed brown sugar

            2 teaspoons salt

            1 teaspoon ground black pepper

            1 tablespoon soy sauce

            2 cups cooked white rice

            Check All Add to Shopping List

            .

            Directions

            1.In a Dutch oven brown beef over medium high heat. Drain off any fat.
            2.Add the peppers to the browned meat and saute for 3 minutes.
            3.Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, bouillon cubes, brown sugar, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir in rice and heat through.

          • obscura says:

            Out of curiosity…is this a “road tested” recipe? My family has an annual Souper Bowl party (who cares about the game?) with a trophies for the soup competition…I’m a former champion (my Pasta e fagioli won in 2012) with an eye for a comeback 🙂

      • Yes. I had to change to find a new recipe since every time we had the South Pungateague Invitational Chili Extraganza (SPICE) I won. They wouldn’t let me play anymore. So I started making Stuffed Pepper Soup. I won again over the Chili. I wasn’t even entered. (Pungateague is a tiny town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where I live. We actually started the competition in South Philadelphia (I won 5 times there too)…. so if you have a town nearby that starts with “P” you can use it too…. enjoy!!!

  2. Servetus says:

    Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    spReAd the love is more than halfway to its February goal, right on time! Check out the soup (and the kindness).

  3. fedoralady says:

    Reblogged this on the armitage effect and commented:
    Latest update on SpReAd the Love! ❤

  4. katie70 says:

    Your church’s soup sale was at a good time, now all that supported your cause will have soup to heat up in this cold weather. Just because it is small town (in my case) Wisconsin don’t mean are youth don’t have to make good choice’s and someone there to help them do that.

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