Bethlehem House plans 'Empty Bowls'

Bethlehem House – a homeless shelter in Conway – will host “Empty Bowls” on Sunday, Nov. 11, to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.

The shelter stands in the gap and provides help for struggling families with a box of food and a hot meal at a nightly soup kitchen.

“Empty Bowls” has two parts, according to Jill Imboden, shelter development coordinator.

“Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. They are also invited to shop at the Empty Bowls Market Place where local artisans and vendors will offer a wide variety of fabulous jewelry, pottery and gifts.

And of course, guests are invited to shop for one of the limited number of beautiful ‘Empty Bowls’ that have been donated.

“The money raised will be used to help build Bethlehem House’s new facility, working to end hunger in Conway.” said Imboden.

Patricia Thessing holds two bowls donated by Carmen's Antiques.

Participants will enjoy delicious soup and breads donated by local restaurateurs and volunteers. The cost is $10 per person for all-you-can-eat soup, bread and a dessert. Children 10 and younger eat free.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the oneChurch Youth and Children’s building, 1058 Front St., in Downtown Conway. The event coincides with the Conway Downtown Christmas Open House.

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