December 16, 2016
Thanks to the community for another successful Holiday Event.
This is the 5th Year of collaboration between the Valley Assistance Services and the Green Valley Salvation Army. Many businesses came together to support the Food Baskets:The Tucson Salvation Army, Green Valley/Sahuarita Food Bank, Safeway–Green Valley, Green Valley Community Church, Agave Girls Newcomers Group, and many individual donors. Every year together both non-profits serve over 370 children, 189 families and 85 seniors with gifts and a nutritious food basket. The Green Valley Volunteer Fire Corps delivers a food basket and gift bag to homebound seniors. The Valley Quilters Guild, Evangelical Free Church, the Fiber Arts Guild, Quail Creek Needlepoint group made the holidays a bit brighter for our senior residents.
Our generous supporters come to us from the many churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals wanting to help make the holidays a little brighter for families and seniors. Thank you to all generous donors who make the holidays “special.”
SAVE THE DATE: 12th Annual Event, February 10, 2018, Valley Presbyterian Church
In 1990, a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise money to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund-raising meal. Guests were invited and served a simple meal of soup and bread. They were asked to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the next year, the originators had refined their concept to be known as “Empty Bowls.”
The project was designed to provide food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations like Valley Assistance Services to help people in need who are making choices to pay the rent or buy groceries.
As a participant of our event, you will select a handcrafted ceramic bowl designed by local area potters (Green Valley Ceramics Studio, the Clay Studio and the Quail Creek Ceramics Club). As you sample donated soup from local chefs, please take the bowl home as a reminder . . . that someone’s bowl is always empty.
Thanks to over 500 individuals and over 50 volunteers, the eleventh annual Empty Bowls event was the most popular, raising almost $20,000, before expenses. See our Thank You Ad that showcases our sponsors, raffle donors and volunteers.
Pictures provided by Mark Bollin