In preparation for Super Bowl LIV two local churches decided to hold a friendly competition. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 319 Oaklawn Road in Brandenburg and Christ Episcopal Church at 206 West Poplar in Elizabethtown wanted to see which congregation could bring in the most cans of soup on Sunday, February 2—just before the Super Bowl.
Shortly after the first of the year the soup collection coordinator Midge Thomas notified the congregation at Holy Trinity about the need to collect cans of soup at home and bring them to the church on February 2. Members were excited about the friendly competition, and that spurred both congregations to gather lots of cans of soup.
At Holy Trinity while some members stayed in the church sanctuary to count the cans, the rest of the congregation gathered downstairs for homemade soup, breads and desserts that had been prepared by church members. Soon the soup can counters joined them and announced the results of the competition. Midge Thomas had been in contact with Gary Steffen from Christ Episcopal Church and he reported that his church had gathered 278 cans of soup. The soup can count at Holy Trinity was 275. In a kind gesture Gary Steffen declared that the count was so close it should be considered a tie. So, the soup can trophy that had been produced will remain at Holy Trinity.
This contest was all in fun, but it was for a good cause. All the cans of soup from Holy Trinity will be donated to the local food pantry that serves Meade and Breckenridge Counties. The soup cans collected at the Episcopal Church in E-Town will go to a local food pantry in Hardin County.
Midge Thomas suggested that perhaps next year more area churches might be interested in conducting a soup can drive just before the Super Bowl. That sounds like a great idea because the food pantry can always use more food for those in need.