GLADSTONE - It was six years ago that three members of the Community of Christ Church in Gladstone got their heads together and brainstormed possible opportunities to help boost the coffers at St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry. The trio - Donna Ritchie, Aleta Kaukola, and Mary Palka - devised a plan to prepare a community supper each month and donate the proceeds to the local charity.
Six years later, the program is still in operation with even more churches coming on board. Since its inception, PROJECT C.A.R.E. has raised over $12,000 for St. Vincent DePaul.
"It is an amazing amount for a small group of dedicated workers and our fantastic guests who come to enjoy the meal with others in our community," said Ritchie, program coordinator.
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It was truly an ecumenical spirit as volunteers from three area churches gathered recently in the kitchen of the Community Christ Church in Gladstone to prepare two homemade soups for Project C.A.R.E. The project provides a community supper with the proceeds donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The volunteers are: from left, Ann Christiansen, Sue Manson, Jo Skogman and Geri George. All are members of First Lutheran Church in Gladstone.
The smells emanating from the Community of Christ kitchen are inviting as a group of women gather early on the day of the supper to begin the process of slicing, dicing, seasoning and simmering the soups that will be served that evening.
The soup suppers are held the first Monday of each month (October through March) and are served from 5-6:30 p.m. at the church fellowship hall. The menu always includes two varieties of soup, with sandwiches prepared on homemade bread. Desserts and drinks are included. The prices are $7 for adults and $5 for children 5-12.
Community of Christ Church is located at 1022 Wisconsin Avenue.
For more information on the suppers or to become involved in this endeavor, contact Ritchie at 786-8537 or Palka at 428-9132.