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Souper Bowl of Caring scores big

Peace Lutheran Youth Group, Culver’s of Morris lead way as effort garners over $7,000

Kelly Dransfeldt (left), a member of We Care’s Board of Directors, presents the Souper Bowl of Caring Traveling Trophy to members of the Peace Lutheran Church Youth Group and their leader, Todd Enger.
Kelly Dransfeldt (left), a member of We Care’s Board of Directors, presents the Souper Bowl of Caring Traveling Trophy to members of the Peace Lutheran Church Youth Group and their leader, Todd Enger.

We Care of Grundy County is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Grundy County Souper Bowl of Caring.

Peace Lutheran Church Youth Group collected $1,352 to win the Youth Division of the fundraising competition. Last year’s winner, Coal City United Methodist Church ($800) came in second, and Immaculate Conception School ($687), finished third.

The Business Division winner was Culver’s, with a total collection of $207. Morris Building and Loan ($185) and Grundy Bank ($153), came in second and third, respectively.

The total from all participants in this years’ drive was $7,148.

The Grundy County Souper Bowl of Caring harnesses the energy of the NFL Super Bowl to raise awareness of hunger in our community. For one month prior to the big game, containers can be found at businesses, schools and churches throughout Grundy County to encourage donations to fight hunger.

The largest collectors in the Youth Division (which includes schools and churches) and the Business Division receive the traveling Grundy County Souper Bowl of Caring trophy to proudly display for a year.

Not only did Peace Lutheran Church’s Youth Group collect the most money, but it also distributed grocery bags with the Souper Bowl of Caring information attached not just to the congregation, but to homes in the church’s neighborhood.

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 2, the youth group members collected bags of nonperishable items for We Care’s pantry. The members also had the opportunity to deliver these items to We Care, sort them out and put them on the shelves.

The youth group also assisted with and attended the church’s Trivia Challenge event, which also raised money for the Souper Bowl. Peace Lutheran plans to make this an annual event taking place the Saturday night before Souper Bowl Sunday.

Finally, youth group members collected cash donations from the congregation on Souper Bowl Sunday.
The youth group at Peace Lutheran Church has been participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring for nine years.

“It’s great to harness the enthusiasm and energy that surrounds the Super Bowl into an opportunity for kids to do something meaningful for those less fortunate,” Todd Enger, Confirmation director at Peace Lutheran, said.

“When the kids, their parents, along with our congregation, and our neighbors put sweat equity into a servant project, it helps them remember the lesson to be learned during the process even more.

“And the best part of it all is that every dime of the Souper Bowl Fundraising Project goes to charity. What a wonderful service project!”

Culver’s has participated in the Grundy County Souper Bowl of Caring since its inception and they were very pleased to win the trophy this year.

“At our Morris Culver’s location, we care about making a difference in the community, and one of best ways to do that is by helping those going through difficult times,” said Chrissy McCroskey of Culver’s.

“We Care of Grundy County does amazing work in helping individuals and families in our area and our partnership helps to make the community stronger. We always feel so lucky to be a part of this program.”

The top ten Youth Division collection sites were:
1) Peace Lutheran Church, $1,352.00
2) Coal City United Methodist Church, $800.00
3) Immaculate Conception School,    $687.05
4) First Baptist Church, $475.71
5) First Christian Church, $408.05
6) First Presbyterian Church,    $393.48
7) First United Methodist Church,    $300.00
8) Minooka Junior High, $110.50
9) Shabbona Middle School, $101.66
10) Friends in Christ Lutheran Church    $100.00

The top ten Business Div-ision collection sites were:
1) Culver’s, $207.47
2) Morris Building & Loan, $185.73
3) Grundy Bank, $153.14
4) Morris Liquors, $138.83
5) Corleone’s, $132.62
6) RE/MAX, $106.28
7) Casey’s General Store in Morris, $102.72
8) Casey’s General Store in Diamond, $86.87
9) Casey’s General Store in Gardner, $81.68
10) DJ’s II BP Amoco (Park Blvd.), $78.22
We Care would like to thank all those who helped with the Souper Bowl of Caring. Whether an organization was able to collect a lot or a little, participation always increases awareness of the needs of those facing hunger right here in Grundy County.

If you would like to become a collection site next year, please call We Care at (815) 942-6389.
We Care is a local nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, rent, utility and prescription assistance.

We Care is a United Way partner agency and is funded primarily by private donations. We Care is located at 520 W. Illinois Ave., in CanalPort Community Center, Morris.

For more information visit the website at

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