Chapin Lions Club holding 11th annual soup and sandwich fundraiser

By Jim McCabe on February 21 at 1:02pm

Where you eat Saturday evening could make a difference in the efforts of a local man involved in a mission trip.

The Chapin Lions Club is holding its eleventh annual Soup and Sandwich Supper at the Chapin American Legion. Proceeds collected from free-will donations will go to In His Service, an area organization involved in worldwide mission trips.

There will be vegetable soup, chili, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade pies and cakes on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted.

The Jacksonville chapter of In His Service is in its 25th year of operation. President Teresa Schroeder says the organization helped with 38 mission trips last year, six more than in 2012. It’s already assisted with five in 2014.

Schroeder says they’re currently supporting 25-year-old Brett Bryan with a three-month mission trip that began in January. Bryan is the son of Passavant Area Hospital Clinical Director Patti Bryan.

“He had gone with us on a mission trip to Haiti about three years ago, and his mother Patti has gone with us four times on a mission trip to Haiti, and it just so inspired him to want to be more involved with Haiti,” says Schroeder.

“So, he’s actually there involved with young boys, helping to mentor them, be a role model, help them with school, help them with their homework.”

Bob Smith, the Chapin Lion’s Club treasurer, says this is the eleventh year of working with In His Service.

“In 2003, we gave Teresa a donation, and then in 2004, we decided that that wasn’t quite enough,” says Smith. “So, we decided to put on a soup and sandwich supper, and we’ve done it ever since.”

In addition to donating money on Saturday, Schroeder says supplies are needed.

“We got emails from him, and he said that he needs… multi-vitamins for the boys, and actually, we just sent funds for him this week, so he’ll be able to purchase things that he needs for the children,” she says.

Schroeder adds that you can bring extra-large suitcases on Saturday, over-the-counter ointments, antibiotics, anti-fungal and anti-itch medication, and toiletries.

The Chapin American Legion is at 533 Superior Street.