Dear Editor

tsj LOCAL NEWSDear Editor:

My name is Jamie Holland. I am from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg. Like many others here in Sevier County, my husband Dan and I are passionate about giving back to our community and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

As hard as it may be to believe, the problems of hunger and poverty exist very much in our cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Kodak. As regular citizens in Sevier County, people living here feel like that they can’t make a difference but I write to tell you, through the Souper Bowl of Caring, everyone can help care for our neighbors in need.

Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger relief charity of their choice.

The official kickoff of Souper Bowl of Caring was January 19. While it might be late to start collecting cans of soup at your church or business, it isn’t too late to have your church members or employees collect money and give it to our local food ministry, the Sevier County Food Ministry, prior to or on February 1, Super Bowl Sunday.

Here at our church, this is our 10th year of participating. We have collected over 1,300 cans of soup and over $3,600 for the food ministry. Interested in participating? Find more information at


Jamie & Dan Holland

Co-chairs of Souper Bowl of Caring-Our Savior Lutheran Church

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