Empty Bowls adds new features

By Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Hundreds of people will line up Wednesday for a bowl of soup in support of the Salvation Army’s food program.
In addition to the soup sales, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary finds other ways to raise money to feed the hungry and needy in the community. This year’s luncheon at the Tupelo Furniture Market Building 5 includes a fashion show and a kitchen boutique.
Karla Joblin, Women’s Auxiliary president, said volunteers will be modeling outfits from the Salvation Army thrift store or that will be donated to the shop.
“They’ll go around modeling the outfits and collect money,” Joblin said. “Whoever collects the most money will be crowned the Fashion King and Queen.”
An addition to the bake sale, a popular Empty Bowl section, is a kitchen boutique. A featured item will be slump bottles, which are glassware melted to make a tray or a decoration.
“It’s an all-purpose bottle,” said Bake Sale chairwoman Betty Reece. “Some are spoon rests. They can be decorative or you can put dips, chips, cheese and crackers on them.”
The kitchen boutique will include a variety of items, Reece said.
“We have many other things that are homemade, and you can’t buy anywhere else,” she said. “We have towels, aprons, all kinds of kitchen items. We’re hoping this would boost our sales.”
For the third year, BancorpSouth will participate in the event with its Bankers Can Bake. Bank personnel will provide meals with the proceeds going to Empty Bowls.
Auxiliary members, friends and volunteers are donating cakes, pies, cookies, complete meals and non-perishable items to the bake sale.

WHAT – The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Empty Bowls Luncheon

WHEN – Wednesday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bake sale at 10; soup line opens at 11.

WHERE – Tupelo Furniture Market, Building 5, 1879 North Coley Road.

COST – $15. Includes selection of signature soups from area restaurants, churches and organizations, plus water, bread and souvenir handmade ceramic bowl.

INFO – (662) 231-2879

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