Super Bowl party for the homeless

By Dana Fulton

February 3, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Moses Montefiore Temple and Wesley United Methodist Church, both of Bloomington, combined to host a Super Bowl party for the homeless on Sunday. The event was held in Wesley's church.

The idea was first pitched in August by Rabbi Lynn Goldstein, who had hosted a similar event at her prior place of worship in St. Louis.

"We wanted to create a special, exciting evening," she said.

She adds, a great deal of attention is on the homeless and those in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas. During January and February, however, the attention significantly declines. Their lives can turn just as bleak and cold as the winter weather.

There definitely was not a chill at this Super Bowl event. A warm, delicious meal was provided and each attendant was entered into a raffle for great door prizes. Area businesses also donated personal items, such as shampoo and toothbrushes, and snack bags for attendants to take home.

Thanks to the turn out and community support, the group looks forward to hosting the party again next year.

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