YWCA Sold Soup for Charity

By WEEK Reporter

November 16, 2010 Updated Nov 16, 2010 at 11:46 PM CDT

As the old saying goes, it's better to give than to receive, and Tuesday night, directors at Peoria's YWCA say people in Central Illinois seem to be in a particularly giving mood.

Tuesday night marked the YWCA's second annual 'Soup for the Shelter' fundraiser at the Rhythm Kitchen.

Those who attended could sample soups from area restaurants for free, then buy a bowl of their favorite for $15.

Organizers say this year, the tough economy has produced a higher demand for their shelter and its services.

YWCA Board of Directors member Sherry Killian said, "The average age of a homeless person is ten, and that would mean mothers and children, specifically. Not to say that we don't do families, too because we do, and we're seeing more and more. And as the weather gets cold, obviously there are going to be more people that are looking for shelter."

YWCA directors say they expanded this year's event, adding a silent auction and an art-show.

They say they hope to raise about $20,000.

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