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Many give help to needy people while also having fun

“Empty Bowls is just such a wonderful event, the people attending have such a good time, and the proceeds go to help people in need.” Those were the wise words spoken Friday by Interim Colleton County Arts Director Campbell Tripp.

The Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser was held on Tuesday, November 13 and last Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church on South Jefferies Boulevard. The event drew over 400 people over the two nights, and $3,800 was raised. “The money raised was lower than we had hoped for, but it was still an impressive total,” Tripp said, adding that the event made more than last year’s event, which raised $2,500.

For a mere $10 donation, people attended the event purchased a hand-made ceramic bowl from a 500-piec assortment and also sampled home-made soups, breads, desserts, and beverages. Guests were also able to keep the bowl after the event concluded. Proceeds are to be used to feed hungry people within our county.

Local businesses also helped the cause out by providing items for the event. Walmart provided an assortment of items essential to the dinner’s success. Door prizes offered by Westbury’s Ace Hardware, Cracker Barrel Restaurant, and Reid’s and Bi-Lo grocery stores were handed out. Desserts were also donated by Duke’s Barbecue and Shoney’s Restaurant. Home-made pastries and breads were baked and provided by local volunteers.

Marjorie Moore, a volunteer with the initial Empty Bowls Fundraiser in Michigan, noted that people should find the time, make the commitment, and get involved with the program by attending the event. “Your single effort can have a profound impact,” she said. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”