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‘Bowls of Hope’ to support homeless shelter’s efforts

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

“Homelessness is a year-round issue, not only during the cold winter months,” Susan Hutcherson said.
Hutcherson serves as both co-chair of the fundraising committee for Hesed House of Hope, the county’s only homeless shelter, and on the organization’s board of directors.
Area residents have the opportunity to support the shelter this Tuesday by participating in Hesed House’s second “Bowls of Hope” fundraising event. The shelter first held the event in 2009, raising nearly $3,000, Hutcherson said.
She wants the community to understand the serious dangers associated with homelessness and not dismiss the label as insignificant.
“People can die any time of the year due to the elements and weather conditions,” she said.
Through “Bowls of Hope,” residents donate $10 apiece and receive a hot, homemade meal of chili or soup along with a drink and dessert. In addition, local artist Robert Hovis has hand-sculpted each bowl out of indigenous county clay.
While shelter authorities are looking forward to collecting additional money through this weekend’s unique fundraiser, more than anything, Hutcherson said she hopes the event will unite the community and make people aware of those who are less fortunate.
“The goal is to bring people together in Lincoln County to see the need to outreach to those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” Hutcherson said.  “We can and should be volunteering to do what we can to help struggling individuals and families get back on their feet during these economic times.”
Hutcherson said Lincoln County is a “blessed community” that needs to be “a blessing to others.”
“Food and shelter are basic necessities,” she said. “We must be the change we want others to see …The mission is to blend our collective hearts as one to shelter and feed those in need.”
The local soup kitchen serves nearly 150 residents daily, but Hutcherson said the numbers aren’t an accurate count of just how many homeless live in the area.
“What about the ones who don’t go to the soup kitchen?” she said. “There is really no way to have an exact count.”
“Bowls of Hope” will be 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Freedom Church, located at 125 E. Main Street in Lincolnton.
Hesed House, located at 100 Ann Gaither Ct. in Lincolnton, is open seven nights a week.

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