LIVINGSTON, — This coming weekend, February 3-5, the Livingston Clergy Association is sponsoring the Souper Bowl of Caring fundraising event. Participation in this worthwhile event is as easy as donating financial assistance, which proceeds will go to a new organization in Livingston called Neighbor Helping Neighbor.

This organization assists Livingston residence who are in need of help with utilities, rent, or other essential resources. It is part of the Livingston Healthy Community and Healthy Youth with volunteer leadership from the community.

The Souper Bowl of Caring started in Columbia, South Carolina in the 90s and has since grown nationally and in popularity. This is the third year that the Clergy Association has sponsored this event.

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Ordinary young people have done the extraordinary, by collecting millions for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country. In addition, hundreds of thousands of youth have experienced for themselves the joy and satisfaction of giving and serving, inspiring people of all ages to follow their generous example.

A simple prayer: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat" is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world. This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and Houses of Worship in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.

According to Rev. Daniel Martian, President of the Livingston Clergy Association, "No matter who wins the 51th Super Bowl, we are all winners when we give to those less fortunate." Please give to your local House of Worship with donations or you may give to Healthy Community and Healthy Youth, P.O. Box 105, Livingston, 07039 with Neighbor Helping Neighbor in the memo line.