Habitat for Humanity will have a fundraising event next week to help break ground for its 60th home in Delaware County this spring.
The 15th annual Soups for Shelter fundraising event will be at St. Mary School, 66 E. William St., from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“The amount of generosity that goes in to put this event together is really astounding,” said Todd Miller, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Delaware & Union Counties.
Miller said they raised a record $16,000 last year and hope to set a new one this year.
The family-friendly event will provide sample soups from 21 restaurants from across Delaware County, along with handmade ceramic bowls created by local artisans and students of Delaware schools, Olentangy schools, Ventures Academy/Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and Columbus School for Girls.
Soup orders are $15, but children ages 10 and under are free. Carry-out orders are also available. Additionally, there will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing until 7 p.m.
“We will have over 50 volunteers helping to make this annual event a success,” said Linda Warren, a volunteer coordinator at Habitat.
She added that leftover soup will be donated to organizations such as Family Promise, Andrews House and the Common Grounds Free Store.
“We get great support from the sponsors,” Warren said.
There are a few more sponsors this year. The top three are Richwood Bank, Mack Mattress Outlet, and Honda Marysville/Performance Delaware.
Other sponsors are Fidelity Federal, Delaware County Bank, Sullivan Builders, Linworth Lumber, Bundy Baking Solutions, OhioHealth, Big Lots Foundation, Sprint Preferred Wireless, Memorial Health, the Sullivan Family, Alert Lock & Security, Scotts Miracle-Gro, St. Mary Catholic Church, Evolution Security Solutions and Champion Feed & Pet Supply.
Warren said she expects about 400 people to attend the event.
Habitat’s 60th home will be occupied by Sara Hoover and her sons Xavier, 10, and nine-month-old Legend. The single mother is employed at childcare facility in Delaware.
The family now lives in a two-bedroom apartment. She joined the Habitat in August last year after hearing about it from family and friends.
“I am exited to have the opportunity to own a home. It will bring my family such great pride and a sense of security,” Hoover said in a statement.
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