Linda and I took part in the Carroll County Empty Bowls event today. This is the fourth year we have participated. We unpack and put out the bowls and it is like Christmas as a kid. You never know what the next bowl will be. Each one is a beauty in its own way and there is someone who will love and cherish it.
We have the bowl sale where for a $10 minimum donation, you get to pick your favorite bowl, then get a small bowl of soup and some bread. The small portions are intended to remind one of what many people get by on for daily sustenance. In addition, there is a silent auction of donated art pieces by local artists as well as a boutique with some of the finer pieces for immediate sale.
Restaurants in the area donate the soup, a number of companies donate the clay to make the bowls and many people in the community donate their time to make, glaze and fire the bowls. Without each of these activities, this event could not take place, so thank you all!
The amount of money raised has increased each of the four years that Linda and I have participated. Last year, the event produced a donation of over $24,000 to the local soup kitchen. The number of bowls appeared a little down over last year, but the bid prices on the auction pieces seemed up some and the boutique sold out, so we hope that this year will again top the previous year.
We hold the event each year in late February at the Carroll County Ag Center from 11:00 to 2:00, so if you missed it this year, be sure to look out for it next year. There is live music, raffles and it is a great opportunity to get together with friends and maybe even make a few new ones. Come join us! Information can be found at: http://carrollcountyemptybowls.com/joom/