Goodfellows Club revived their Soup Day for the first time in 4 years earlier this week, and organizers said it garnered the largest donation to date with more than 30 businesses giving back to the community.
Executive Director Sherry Baber said the board debated bringing back what used to be an annual Soup Day, and they eventually decided the event would be a good kickoff to their holiday season.
“This is the most community-oriented project of the year we do other than the Christmas party, which is just basically for the children. So the board wanted to go back and to get it started,” Baber said.
Baber noted that they usually have at least 20 soups for people to enjoy, along with bread and dessert. Not only did donations grow, but Baber said the turnout was more than expected.
All the proceeds from Soup Day go back to Goodfellows’ efforts to support children in the community, which has already seen a record increase this year.
“We’ve already served over 1,900 children in Owensboro-Daviess County since school started in August. So that’s more than we served last year through the whole year. The needs are great and we just need to do everything we can,” Baber said.
Chair of Soup Day Mary Beth Hurley said that with 100% of proceeds going back to their mission of helping children, the organization is able to better prepare for the Christmas party they have coming up.
“We’re just thrilled because we have a lot of kids to clothe,” Hurley said. “So we’re thrilled to have such a huge turnout. And the restaurants and the bakeries that donated to us, we can’t thank them enough.”