We’re looking for your non-perishable food and monetary donations to help fight hunger. The Patriots and the Rams are in for the Super Bowl. Are you in for the Souper Bowl? The children and youth of GPMC are asking for your support as they collect non-perishable food items for this annual food drive. Donations will be accepted from now until February 17 and can be dropped off in church library. Monetary donations will be accepted on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd after each of the worship services. All donations will be given to the Hunger Ministries programs through the Presbytery of Detroit. Be a part of this important ministry of sharing God’s love with those in need.
A simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.
This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.
The senior high youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian liked the idea so much they decided to invite other area churches to join the team. Twenty-two Columbia churches participated that first year, reporting their results so a total could be determined, and then sending all $5,700 they had raised to area non-profits.
That was 1990. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary more than $100 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country. In addition, hundreds of thousands of youth have experienced for themselves the joy and satisfaction of giving and serving, inspiring people of all ages to follow their generous example.