Two fundraisers Saturday will benefit Soup of Success

Soup of Success annual gift basket open house and "Tea with Ruth and Friends" are planned.

Posted on Dec. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Church Community Services is holding two major fundraising events this Saturday, Dec. 7.

Soup of Success Director Betsy Ayrea said the events usually happen during different weeks, but the shorter span between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year pushed them to the same day.

Soup of Success will hold its annual gift basket open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Soup of Success store at 907 Oakland Ave.

There will be free samples of the program’s six soups, six cookie mixes and six dips, and guests can build custom gift baskets for anyone on their Christmas shopping lists, Ayrea said.

The baskets range in price from $3 to $10 and the mixes cost $6 for soup or cookies and $2.50 for dips.

Handmade greeting cards will be available for $3 and wool mittens for $30.

“The open house is huge for us because it brings in all kinds of people,” Ayrea said. “We just opened our little store on the side (of the building) a month ago and people still haven’t seen that.”

Ayrea said the Soup of Success program does a large chunk of its business during the open house sale and the proceeds pay the training wages of the women in the program.

Program participants will be on hand during the open house to answer questions about the program and products.

Baskets can also be ordered online at the newly redesigned soupofsuccess.com or by phone and shipped or picked up at CCS.

“Tea with Ruth and Friends,” an annual Victorian holiday tea hosted by Ruth Rockwell, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Living Faith Fellowship, 2601 Benham Ave.

Admission is $5 plus a nonperishable food item and includes tea, finger foods, party favors, rides in a Ford Model A car and other activities, Ayrea said.

Attendees, who often dress up for the event, can shop the silent auction or craft vendors for Christmas gifts. More than 150 themed gift baskets will be on sale at “greatly reduced prices,” she said.

Ayrea said the event is popular for grandmothers, mothers and daughters and many guests return year after year.

For more information about these events, call Church Community Services at 574-523-1551.

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