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Empty Bowls gets by with a little help from their friends

It is no secret Empty Bowls has become a beloved community event which raises money for a very worthy cause – combating hunger. On Tuesday, November 13th, Lowcountry Empty Bowls in conjunction with five local churches will be holding the meal events that raise money to support the local food pantries. The event, which is held at Saint Anthony’s Church on South Jefferies Boulevard, has grown and been well attended over the years. This year is posing a unique challenge that the group of potters have very creatively overcome.

Based out of The Colleton Center, members of Lowcountry Empty Bowls have been unable to make the nearly 500 bowls needed for the November 13th event. Their studio, located in The Colleton Center, has been inaccessible due to the renovations currently taking place within that building. For the past several years Phil Smith has been heading up this important community fundraiser and he was not going to let the renovations halt the potters’ efforts to create bowls. He turned to potter and friend, Debbie Appleby, and asked for her help. Appleby who helped last year as well, gladly took on the challenge.

For the past few months, Appleby has been making bowls and setting them aside for others to help decorate. She put a post on facebook asking anyone who would like to come help glaze the bowls to come on out to her studio this past Saturday. Her request was answered with much eagerness. Several friends gathered to help in the process. Appleby later posted photos with the following comment; “ With sincere gratitude, I would like to thank our glaze team for Lowcountry Empty Bowls. We glazed over 100 bowls today and the creativity is jaw dropping. These dedicated folks didn’t quit until 5:30! Wow!”.

Smith expressed his appreciation for volunteers like Appleby, who spend their own money, time and talents to help this event stay on track. “Last year we lost one of our biggest supporters, Debra Derebery-Cedeno. After her passing I was not sure what we were going to do as she made and donated so many bowls to our cause.

Appleby has really stepped up and helped us in a time when we needed help the most. The community is going to benefit from her help,” said Smith.

This year’s event is scheduled for a lunch and dinner on November 13, 2018 at Saint Anthony’s Church. The churches will once again be providing the soup and desserts. If you would like to help Lowcountry Empty Bowls prepare for this event, please contact them through their Facebook page “Lowcountry Empty Bowls.”

Christie Slocum (538 Posts)