More than 20 percent of S.C. children live in poverty. That’s one in five — not in some foreign country, not far away, but just around the corner — who might feel the pangs of hunger on a daily basis.
Twenty-five years ago this year, the seed for the Souper Bowl of Caring was planted here through a prayer and a group of Columbia youth. It focused on channeling the excitement of the Super Bowl through youth to collect for local charities. One hundred percent of the donations raised that first year, and every year since, have gone to organizations chosen by each group.
It was through the residents of this community — Columbia — that the Souper Bowl seed was sown. Because of you, it grew and flourished. By 1995, the movement was nationwide. By 2014, a cumulative $100 million had been raised.
In recent years, local participation has decreased. In this, its 25th year, I challenge Columbia to get back involved. Invite your schools, congregations and workplaces to hold a collection. Report the totals to souperbowl.org, and watch your contribution add up with those from others across the United States. Do your part; transform our community.