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Empty Bowls

 

“There is a story about a man who left this earth and was taken on a tour of the inner realms. He was shown a room where he saw a large group of hungry people trying to eat dinner, but because the spoons that they were trying to eat with were longer than their arms, they remained frustrated. ‘This,’ his guide told him, ‘is hell.’ ‘That’s terrible!’ exclaimed the man: ’Please show me heaven!’ ‘Very well,’ agreed the guide, and on they went. When they opened Heaven’s door, the man was perplexed to see what looked very much like the same scene: there was a group of people with spoons longer than their arms. As he looked more closely, however, he saw happy faces and full tummies, for there was one important difference: the people in Heaven had learned to feed each other. – Alan Cohen, The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 

 

This story along with many other show the importance of helping those in need and is the tale that has been associated with Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort that has spread to colleges, cities, and towns nationwide in effort to end world hunger. This movement was started with the idea that potters, educators, and others working in the community to make bowls. Guests are then invited to a meal of soup and bread, in exchange for a cash donation. At the end of the meal guests get to keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world today. All the money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger. 

 

So join us at Juniata College on April 11, 2014 from 5-7pm to do our part in ending hunger. The event is held at the Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon PA. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 5-10, and children 4 and under are free.

For further information about tickets contact me at kohrska10@juniata.edu

Kelsey is a senior studying Environmental Science at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She spent all of last year studying abroad in The Gambia, Galapagos Island, and India, check out her blog at travelinggypsykelsey.wordpress.com! You can find Kelsey on Twitter at @KelseyKohrs     
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