Marshmallows and meat were the two things Dorothy Jones grabbed on her run through NorthMart.
Jones entered her name into a draw and was the winner of a shopping spree at the grocery store. But the only catch was the winner would have only 30 seconds to grab what he or she could.
“They started me at the freezer, so on my way to the meat, which is the most valuable, I passed a marshmallow display and grabbed those,” recounted Jones. “So as I’m running, I’m just throwing things into the basket.”
Jones managed to grab $160 worth of mostly meat, which she donated to the Hay River Soup Kitchen.
Soup Kitchen manager Laura Rose was very happy to receive the donation. She said the meat is used for hampers, of which she gives out about 20 per week.
“We usually don’t have a problem getting stuff for soup,” said Rose. “But it’s the food for the hampers that we need.”
Hampers usually include basics like eggs, bread and soup mixes, among other items.
The Soup Kitchen has always had its challenges providing food for people in need but Rose said kind acts have a tendency to come at the right time.
“We had just found out that we needed another $700 for our insurance, and right away an anonymous call came in and that person took care of it for us,” she noted. “We have also received a very generous commitment of $200 a month from Jane Groenewegen.”
Rose relies heavily on volunteers, and said she is hoping to find someone to help locate more funding for the Soup Kitchen. She is seeking someone who has time and a computer who could help apply for new funding sources.
“There are times when the funding dribbles out for us,” she said. “That’s when I have to dig into my own pockets which are not very deep.”
The Soup Kitchen will be hosting a fundraising dinner – A Taste of Soup – on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. in Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church basement. Tickets will pay for a bowl of one of Rose’s most requested soups, as well as a sandwich and a dessert.
“It will be a taste of what we serve here at the Soup Kitchen,” she said.
The event will also feature live entertainment as well as door prizes and an auction.