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The Other “Souper Bowl”

Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013 will feature an intriguing game between the evenly matched Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. It is a battle between two of the most prolific and storied franchises in the NFL.

Even more unique about this year’s “Big Game” is that it is the first ever playoff match across all sports that will feature a brother-versus-brother match (Coach John Harbaugh of the Ravens and Coach Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers). If that’s not motive enough to tune in, the game will take place in the ever-enduring New Orleans, a city that was battered by Hurricane Katrina just 8 years ago.

Pair that with a batch of new commercials, and this year’s final football game should be a big hit. It’s Baltimore against San Francisco. The Beltway and the Golden Gate Bridge. National Aquarium takes on Fisherman’s Wharf.

With that being said, I hope you’re excited as I am for the Souper Bowl!

 Typo? Not exactly.

“Be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” were the simple words spoken by intern Brad Smith at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. The year was 1990, and a modest $5,700 was collected by 22 local churches to help the hungry. In 1993, 36 states joined forces in the first national effort.

From those words came a powerful drive to help those in need. In the 23 years since, Souper Bowl of Caring has raised over $81 million for food banks, soup kitchens and other charities across the country. The initiative was powerful enough to reach former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, as well as Bob McNair, owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

How Can I Help?

I’m proud to say this past December, Susquehanna Bank’s “Tweet2Feed” campaign donated over 340,000 meals to food banks within our market territory. Still, there is always opportunity for us to do more. Where there’s a will, there’s a way:

1.      Volunteering your time to a local charity helps just as much as diving into your wallet and is just as rewarding. Even as little as one hour of your time in a week could make a big difference.

2.      Not sure where to donate money? The internet is here to help! A quick “Google” search can help you find the closest food bank to you. Still lost? Visit www.souperbowl.org to learn more about the “Souper Bowl of Caring” initiative and donate online to help the cause.

3.      Spread the word! Two heads are better than one. Tell your friends, families, and coworkers about “that other Bowl” that doesn’t involve football. Volunteering together can cure the “uneasiness” you may have about stepping out of your comfort zone. The more the merrier!

Take a minute to think about this one. In the end, it doesn’t matter if the Ravens or 49ers win the big game. The sun will still shine tomorrow, and making a difference in someone else’s life is more gratifying than victory on Sunday.

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One Response to The Other “Souper Bowl”

  1. C Martin says:

    Great info about a great cause. I had never heard of this before.

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