Let's make 'Empty Bowls' a success

After years of having taken advantage of Dine Out Day for United Way opportunities, many of us are familiar with satisfying our hunger in the process of helping raise money for United Way of Big Spring and Howard County.Yet something relatively new along those lines — the Empty Bowls event — will make it's fourth appearance from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, as local United Way officials invite residents to help fill up empty bowls in a soup luncheon that will benefit this year’s United Way campaign, which has a goal of $250,000.Students and others at Howard College and Big Spring High School art departments have crafted bowls — lots of them — for the soup luncheon to be held at the First Christian Church, located at 911 Goliad. Tickets are $15 each and allow the purchaser to attend the luncheon, pick out a handmade bowl and fill it with soup.As United Way officials, explained the event when it was first staged, by taking part in the Empty Bowls luncheon, people fill their empty bowls and that, in turn, allows United Way fill the ‘empty bowls’ of the agencies it raises funds for.The bowls will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning those planning to attend ought to get there early so they’ll have a better chance of having their choice of the hand-decorated bowls.Tickets for the “Empty Bowls IV” fund-raiser can be purchased through the United Way office or at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. You can call the United Way office at 267-5201 or the chamber at 263-7641.Agencies helped by the United Way include the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, CASA of West Texas, Council on Aging, Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, Humane Society, Girl Scouts, Isaiah 58, North Side Community Center, Salvation Army, West Side Community Center, West Side Day Care Center, Victim Services of Big Spring and the YMCA.So set aside Thursday’s lunch hour for an opportunity for a little home cooking that will help the neediest in our community.