Get ready to try some great soup for a great cause at the second annual Respite Angels soup lunch and silent auction Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Masonic Temple at 2003 Central Ave. in Estherville.
Soup, bars and a drink will be available for $6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Respite Angels, a volunteer network that provides respite care for families caring for family members suffering from stroke, adult handicap, Alzheimer's or dementia. A total of 26 volunteers help serve 64 persons in Emmet, Dickinson and Clay counties.
"When we do go and sit with somebody it does put money back in the local economy," said Kelly Schultz, Respite Angels executive director. "There's a lot of people that need help but they don't have the money."
While families of those needing respite care are welcome to give a donation, Schultz said often they can't. "If people can afford to donate they do, but if they can't, that's a problem," Schultz said. And that's where fundraisers such as the soup lunch come in - by helping raise money to cover the costs of the program.
If you have a family member and need respite help so you can do errands, go shopping or just need a break, call Schultz at (712) 229-6064. You can call the same number if you would like to serve as a Respite Angels volunteer.