Written by Staff
Freely you have received, freely give. –Matthew 10:8
By Sissy Courtney
The Soup, Soap and Hope Luncheon, sponsored by the Salvation Army League of Volunteers of Irving, helps to carry on the work started by the Slum Sisters many years ago in England. The luncheon was at Las Colinas Country Club on April 2.
“The people were so impoverished; they were hungry; they were dirty,” said Bonnie Kelley, who welcomed those attending the luncheon. “The Slum Sisters would take buckets of soup and go house to house and feed the people, and then they left them a bar of soap to clean with. After they fed them and cleaned them, they shared the message of Jesus Christ with them.”
“Our main goal is to provide the young people of the Irving community the resources, environment and relationships necessary to propel themselves forward to academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles – that’s really at the foundation of everything that we do at the Irving Boys’ and Girls’ Club,” said Aaron Proctor, a new member of the Irving Corps.
Proctor said their focus is on two main national programs, Triple Play and SMART Moves.
“Through the Triple Play experience, youth are challenged to become healthy and active,” Proctor said. “They learn new ways to eat nutritionally, manage their stress, maintain their physical fitness, and form positive relationships with their peers.
“SMART Moves is a nationally acclaimed prevention program. Youths learn knowledge, skills, self-esteem, and peer support that they need to make healthy choices, practice responsible behaviors, and avoid using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
“Dedicated women from our League of Volunteers will lead weekly activities in art, science, and math. Those activities help reinforce what the youth are learning already on a daily basis in school as well as new things to set the stage for their future education.”