YWCA fundraiser "SOUPport our shelters" served up hundreds of bowls

LEWISTON, ID - Every year, the local YWCA works to help those in need through programs and services at no cost.

The YWCA held their annual "SOUPport" event Friday, as hundreds of people stopped by to donate money to the "Y" in exchange for a good bowl of soup.

Lines were out the door at the YWCA Friday, as hungry mouths waited for a chance to make a difference."

"The 'Y' provides so many services for the community," said YWCA board member and volunteer Carol Bennett. "This is a way to pay back."

The YWCA's annual "SOUPport our Shelters" fund-raising event is in it's tenth year, and it's their main source of funding for the year.

"We have both a domestic violence shelter and homeless shelter," said Diessner. "Right now we don't receive any money from Idaho to support our shelters, so it's to support all our services for our homeless clients."

Volunteers from all over, including some familiar faces lent a hand or two to help the Y reach their goal of fund-raising $20,000.

"All the soups are donated by different law enforcement and police agencies in town, sheriff's departments," said Diessner.

With the soups at the ready, participants got to choose one of 800 hand-crafted bowls.

Local volunteer organizations have been working for months on these beautiful bowls, designing and painting them for the big day.

One of the beautifully decorated bowls was painted by LCSC Service Learning and Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Reddy, who organized an event to help get the bowls painted.

"A lot of our faculty and staff got involved, students got involved and today it's really great because I'm seeing a lot of the same people that were painting bowls here supporting the cause," said Reddy.

"We really want to thank everyone," said Diessner. "We've had so many volunteers painting bowls and doing things for us that has helped us put this together."

It's days like these that soup means so much more than a full belly."

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