‘Good Neigh­bor’ soup sale raises $5,500

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Six­teen vol­un­teers fanned out across Ne­wark to sell Good Neigh­bor Bean Soup Mix on Satur­day.

For decades, the day­long soup mix sale has been one of the Ne­wark Area Wel­fare Com­mit­tee’s most pop­u­lar fundrais­ers. Vol­un­teers set up out­side Ne­wark Nat­u­ral Foods, Her­man’s Qual­ity Meats, the National 5 and 10 and three lo­cal Acmes ( Sub­ur­ban Plaza, Col­lege Square and Univer­sity Plaza).

This year’s event raised $ 5,500 in soup sales and do­na­tions, in­clud­ing a $ 4,000 do­na­tion from an undis­closed lo­cal busi­ness.

Be­yond the money raised, the event, dubbed Good Neigh­bor Day, gives vol­un­teers a chance to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the mis­sion of NAWC.

“You can’t beat it,” or­ga­nizer Katie Hughes said. “We’re all vol­un­teers. Ev­ery­body has the goal: to reach out.”

Founded in 1930, the or­ga­ni­za­tion helps those in need by run­ning a food pantry, an emer­gency as­sis­tance pro­gram, a hol­i­day food drive and other pro­grams.

Mert Davies, now in her eighth year vol­un­teer­ing with the soup sale, was set up out­side the Acme in Sub­ur­ban Plaza along­side first- time vol­un­teer Joe DeMarco.

“I en­joy it,” Davies said. “We do it be­cause there’s a need for this in the area.”

“We help lots of peo­ple in need,” added Sally Cavanagh, an­other vol­un­teer.

She noted that the soup sale was well- re­ceived on Satur­day.

“Ev­ery­body’s be­ing gen­er­ous,” she said.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Mert Davies and Joe DeMarco sell Good Neigh­bor Bean Soup Mix out­side the Acme in Sub­ur­ban Plaza on Satur­day.

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