Soup Stop gives thanks

At this Thanksgiving season, the board of directors of Soup Stop would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the Charleston community.

First, we want to thank First Presbyterian Church for allowing us to use their basement for the past 11 1/2 years. Giving us this space for five days each week is an incredibly generous gift to us.

Next, we issue such a grateful thank you to the owners and staff of What’s Cookin’ for preparing and delivering a hot meal Monday through Friday.

Without them, Soup Stop would not be able to carry out the mission of providing a hot meal to those who might not otherwise get one. They do this for us at a nominal cost, which has not increased over the years.

We also want to thank six local restaurants for donating cups on a regular basis. Arby’s, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Monical’s, Pizza Hut, and Subway have been donating cups on a rotating basis, which eliminates one of our ongoing expenses.

We also want to thank the people in the Charleston community for taking Soup Stop into their hearts and donating their time and money to keep us in operation. It goes without saying that we certainly could not carry on our mission without you.

Mary-Nancy Miller, chair of Charleston Soup Stop

CROP Hunger Walk nets over $12,000

Here’s the great news! Our treasurer’s total for the 2012 Coles County CROP Hunger Walk is $12,130 – about the same total as last year.

Generous donors sponsored more than 90 walkers from eight local churches as well as some individuals on a recent Saturday morning in Charleston. The three-mile walk benefits Church World Service, Mattoon Food Center, Soup Stop, and Charleston Food Pantry.

Our gratitude goes to the T-shirt sponsors: County Market, Jeanette Stewart at Edward Jones, Lambo’s BP, Pop’s BBQ, Prairie State Bank & Trust, Quality Auto Construction, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, and The Shirt Factory.

We also thank the gift certificate sponsors: Arby’s, Casey General Store, Dairy Queen, Huck’s, Lincoln Garden Family Restaurant, McDonald’s, Smoky’s BBQ House, South Side Café, Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway Sandwiches, Taco Bell, and What’s Cookin’.

Joan Gregg

CROP Hunger Walk Team Leader

St. Mary’s School thanks veterans

St. Mary School would like to say thank you to all who have served and who are serving our country to make it possible for us to learn and be blessed each day.

Thank you very much.

Nicole Durbin,


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