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Soup Sisters

by Lauren Gilley / Edmonton Oilers
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On Monday evening, as snow was beginning to fall around Oil Country, a group of volunteers from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Oilers head office came together with Soup Sisters to help warm the souls of those in need. The ladies worked together to create five varieties of soup, which will feed over 250 women and children at Edmonton’s WIN House.

Founded in Calgary in March 2009, Soup Sisters has since spurred 15 chapters in cities between Victoria and Ottawa. The Soup Sisters model offers groups an opportunity to share an evening of good food and friendships all while supporting local women’s shelters.

Its Soup Sister’s belief that a nutritious meal made with love will help warm the spirits and nourish the bodies of women and children who have been through hardships.

“The women and children at WIN House have more often than not been through some type of trauma,” said Carol Knott, Coordinator for Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers in Edmonton. “Knowing that someone has taken the time to make this soup serves as a reminder that the community is behind them.”

The soup made by the ladies through Soup Sisters goes to support all three WIN House shelters in Edmonton. After spending the evening in a cooler, the soup goes directly to WIN House the morning after and is ready to be enjoyed by those who need it most.

“It was fun to get together and make soup with some of the ladies from work, especially those that have been on secondments,” said Heather Weigum. “What made it so rewarding was knowing that what we were making was going to other women and children who need it.”

To learn more about the Soup Sisters initiative or to volunteer visit www.soupsisters.org.

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