Photo: Many Helping Hands’ annual soup fundraiser brings people together in an effort to ease poverty. /Photo by Adam Stephens
Many Helping Hands held their second annual soup fundraiser featuring a soup tasting, door prizes, and a silent auction at CHRIST Church. The proceeds from the Oct. 10 event, more than $5,600, will help provide for families in need.
An Irving-based ministry, Many Helping Hands, was founded by Lana Hansen, who has experienced homelessness. The organization consists of ten churches of various denominations that work to help families in need by providing them with clothing, hot meals, and guidance in order to help them eventually support themselves.
“This is a cause very near and dear to me,” Hansen said. “I love that God is touching the hearts of people in Irving. All the denominations are working as a team for a common goal. It brings to mind a quote from the Bible, ‘Whatever you’ve done for the least of these, you’ve done for me.’”
Participants sampled each soup and voted for which one they felt was best. The winner was a taco soup made by Mindy from Northgate United Methodist. Afterwards, soup was served to all the attendees.
“I am extremely grateful to be participating in the second annual soup fundraiser for Many Helping Hands,” alternate secretary Stephanie Copeland said. “This event is a family friendly way to have a great time with our neighbors in Irving while supporting a great cause. Everyone I have talked to enjoyed the silent auction and the soup competition. This year’s event looks to be even bigger and better than last year’s.”
“It’s just amazing,” co-coordinator Sheila Slade said. “Jesus broke bread to bring people together, and that’s what’s happening here. God has showed up and showed out. There are more auction prizes this year than before, and it shows that more people are helping out other people. It’s just awesome.”
Many Helping Hands provides a variety of services for families in need in Irving. In addition to holding a dinner every Thursday for an average of 45 people, they keep track of a list of things that individual people and families need, such as clothes, shoes, working materials, tents, and hygiene products. They have a long-term goal of establishing a day resource center in Irving that would allow those without homes to shower, do their laundry, receive mail and receive assistance in developing skills to become working members of society.