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High Altitude Society: Empty Bowls fills bowls for those in need in Edwards

Carolyn Pope
High Altitude Society

We are all raised with knowing that soup is good food, but perhaps not for the same reasons that you might think.

On Friday, Aug. 10, the local chapter of the Salvation Army hosted its annual Empty Bowls lunch at Battle Mountain High School. The annual event is an easy one for everyone to participate in; for a nominal $20 fee, locals can buy a hearty lunch of soup, bread, a dessert and a drink, with all the money going straight to our local Salvation Army.

Ceramic bowls were handmade for the event, and each guest picked a bowl and had it filled with homemade soup or chili provided by local restaurants. Law protection officers as well as emergency response officers manned the stations, including members of the Avon Police Department, the Eagle River Fire Protection District and the Eagle County Sheriff's Department. Even Sheriff James van Beek helped keep the area safe (although he didn't promise me protection from the next time I was pulled over).

Tsu Wolin-Brown, the executive director of Salvation Army, estimated around 250 people showed up for the event.

"For over 35 years The Vail Valley Salvation Army has been providing emergency service to those in need," said Anne Barnett, who serves on the board of the organization. "We have the largest food pantry in Eagle County serving over 500 boxes of food each month year-round."

Salvation Army also has a mobile canteen that feeds firefighters and emergency workers during fires and other natural disasters, and the garden and greenhouse project is in its third year. Rent and utility bill assistance may be requested on a one-time basis, too. Salvation Army also provides referrals to many partners for those whom they are unable to assist.

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Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers, whether in the garden, ringing the bell at Christmas time, unloading the food pantry van or helping to stock shelves and serve clients.

A couple of events are on their calendar next month: its Annual Red Kettle Golf Tournament at Frost Creek on Wednesday, Sept. 5, and their fifth annual Harvest Dinner featuring local chefs on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at their site in Avon.

For more information on the Salvation Army of Vail, contact Tsu Wolin-Brown at 970-748-0704 or visit their website at http://www.salvationarmyvail.org.