Churches Prepare For `Souper Bowl' Collection

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - On Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of
churches around the country are expected to take up what's become
an annual collection for local charities.

It's called "The Souper Bowl of Caring," adding the letter "o" to the word "super" to reflect its purpose and the way it's collected.

The Reverend Brad Smith, founder of the Souper Bowl of Caring, says church youth groups ask worshippers departing Sunday services
to put $1 each into soup bowls.

Smith says all the money is then donated to a local soup kitchen or food bank. All he asks is that participating churches contact his ministry's Web site to report how much they collected.

He says, last year, 14,000 congregations and schools raised more than $10 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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