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Heavenly Made Soup serves its first meal

December 12, 2010|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Brigitte Horton, left, and Shawnice Blowe serve spaghetti dinners Sunday at the Heavenly Made Soup Kitchen in Hagerstown.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Joe Beamer said he is homeless and sleeps on the streets.

Beamer lost his house after he lost his job. The Hagerstown man said his wife is living in a homeless shelter in West Virginia.

But at least Beamer had a hot meal Sunday night.

Beamer was among a handful of people who stepped inside the doors of the fellowship hall at the First Church of God and Saints of Christ church at 100 S. Mulberry St. for the opening of a new soup kitchen.

Volunteers with the Helping Hands Youth Ministry Network worked to get a meal of spaghetti with meat sauce ready on the opening night of the Heavenly Made Soup Kitchen.

Tamar Guy, president of the youth ministry group and co-director of the soup kitchen, said organizers decided to offer it because they were concerned about people facing tough circumstances in the struggling economy. Organizers were especially concerned about those types of people during the holidays, Guy said.

“We know a hot meal can go a long way,” Guy said.

Heavenly Made Soup Kitchen was scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. but Guy said the doors opened a little early Sunday because of the cold, rainy weather.

Beamer, who was among about eight people who came into the fellowship hall at the beginning of Sunday’s meal, said he learned about the meal after seeing signs about it posted on utility poles in the city.

“It’s the best food I ever ate,” said Beamer, adding that more places like Heavenly Made Soup Kitchen are needed.

Sitting near Beamer was James Witt, who lives at the Dagmar Hotel along Summit Avenue.

Witt said he often goes to places like the soup kitchen because he can’t cook.

Witt was perplexed by the small number of people at the soup kitchen, where volunteers prepared enough food for 150 people. The group of people who initially showed up at the soup kitchen was dwarfed by the three large tables set up in the hall.

Guy said youths involved in the effort spread the word about the meal through their schools. It was also talked about in blogs on Facebook and Craigslist, Guy said.

Guy said organizers are planning to offer free meals twice a month. Although details are still being worked out, organizers decided one of the days will be the fourth Sunday of each month, Guy said.

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