Turkey Soup Sunday helps student meal program in Clearwater

Kalen Jones, owner of Gateway Grill, serves soup to two on-duty BC Ambulance Service paramedics. (Photo submitted)Kalen Jones, owner of Gateway Grill, serves soup to two on-duty BC Ambulance Service paramedics. (Photo submitted)
Getting social while enjoying soup. Outdoor social spaces were set up at each soup serving location to encourage conversation over a hearty bowl of soup. (Photo submitted)Getting social while enjoying soup. Outdoor social spaces were set up at each soup serving location to encourage conversation over a hearty bowl of soup. (Photo submitted)
Darren Coates, left, principal of Clearwater Secondary School, accepts a $1,200 cheque from Doug Borrow, owner of Borrow Enterprises Ltd. All funds from Turkey Soup Sunday will go towards the CSS Student Meal Program. (Photo submitted)Darren Coates, left, principal of Clearwater Secondary School, accepts a $1,200 cheque from Doug Borrow, owner of Borrow Enterprises Ltd. All funds from Turkey Soup Sunday will go towards the CSS Student Meal Program. (Photo submitted)
Adam Borrow and Megan Sim were keen volunteers at Turkey Soup Sunday. (Photo submitted)Adam Borrow and Megan Sim were keen volunteers at Turkey Soup Sunday. (Photo submitted)

Submitted by Shelley Sim

On Thanksgiving weekend, Clearwater’s first Turkey Soup Sunday was launched with the sole purpose of thanks and giving. Borrow Enterprises sponsored the event, which allowed close to 200 people to enjoy a hearty turkey soup complete with treats.

Three soup locations were set up: the Gateway Grill, the Elks Hall and the common area at the Yellowhead apartments, Kwseltkten Place. Each location served soup and allowed people to come and be safely social. Additionally, kind staff from Interior Health delivered soup all up and down the valley, including to seniors in Evergreen Acres.

Donations were accepted and, as usual, the community was generous. Turkey Soup Sunday raised $600, which was kindly matched by Borrow Enterprises, generating a total of $1,200 that was given to Clearwater Secondary School and its Student Meal Program.

Turkey Soup Sunday appreciates the help from Borrow Enterprises with sponsorship, set up, clean up and helping serve soup. We also wish to extend appreciation to Clearwater Ski Hill for lending tables and chairs along with a round of applause and appreciation to Yellowhead Community Services for donating time and space as well as to Clearwater Youth Soccer for lending tents.

The good folks at the Elks Hall didn’t hesitate to raise their hands to help serve soup and they made everyone feel welcome. Lastly, Gateway Grill sprinkled love in their soup and dessert, making everything taste sensational as well as opening up their restaurant to welcome all those who were keen for soup.

Clearwater is truly a giving community.