Stone Soup - let's all pitch in!
Organized by Pam Chen
Fundraising December 10, 2020 — March 31, 2021Join This Team
We realize how fortunate we are to be healthy, employed, and supported by friends who are always there to lend a hand. We recognize that winter is always a hard season, but this year, many in our community are out of work or underemployed and will not have access to food. We invite you to join us in providing for those who will go hungry this winter. Our team name comes from a favorite children’s story about the power of working together to feed many.
The Story of Stone Soup
Once there was a great famine and the people of a small village didn’t have enough to eat, and definitely not enough to store away for the winter. People were afraid their families would go hungry, so they hid the small amounts of food they did have. They even hid their food from their friends and neighbors.
One day a wandering monk came to the village. He asked the villagers about finding a place to eat and sleep for the night. “There’s not a bite to eat in the whole county, you better keep moving on.”
“Oh, I can make some stone soup to share with all of you.”
He pulled a big black cooking pot from bag, filled it with water and built a fire under it. He reached into his knapsack and pulled out a plain gray stone and dropped it into the water. Villagers surrounded the monk and his cooking pot. As he sniffed the stone soup and licked his lips, the villagers began to overcome their lack of trust.
“Ahh,” the monk said aloud to himself, “I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage is even better.” Soon a villager ran from his house into the village square, holding a cabbage. “I have this cabbage from my garden.” he said as he held it out for the monk. “Fantastic!” cried the monk and cut up the cabbage and added it to the pot.
“You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of beef, and it was delicious.”
The butcher said he thought he could find some beef scraps. As he ran back to his shop, other villagers offered bits of vegetables from their own gardens–potatoes, onions, carrots, celery. Soon the big black pot was bubbling and steaming.
When the soup was ready, everyone in the village ate a bowl of soup, and it was delicious. The villagers offered the monk money and other treasures for the magic stone, but he refused to sell it. He had many offers for a cot to sleep on that night. The next day he traveled on his way.
We ask you to join us by donating $20 to this effort, certainly if you wish to give more, we appreciate your generosity. Our goal is raise $2000 and we will match whatever is collected (up to $2000).
Thank you- Pam, Alex, Nathan, Sophia & everyone’s favorites- Zucchini and Coconut
We’ve gotten to $2000 in donations from YOU in 2.5 days, so we are putting in the $2000 match as we promised. We have increased the goal for this campaign in hopes that others may still contribute and help us see how far we can get. It has been incredible to see the outpouring of good wishes from so many of you.
We wanted to get something started to do good for our community, but it’s “my village” that has really lifted me up.
With gratitude- Pam & Alex
Help me feed the hungry by donating to my individual fundraising page!