JOPLIN, Mo. — The annual Empty Bowls event is back in Joplin for its 10th year. Several pottery artists and soup makers from Southwest Missouri put their talents together to help feed the ones who are in need. 600 handmade bowls filled with warm soup are sold for a minimum of $25 donation, but people can also donate more if they wish to do so. More than 10 talented pottery artists and nearly 20 soup makers work together to make this event possible to raise money.
The money collected goes directly to four privately funded organizations that prevent hunger as part of their ministry; Mission Joplin, We Care of the Four States, Hope Kitchen, and Watered Gardens. Ruth Willoughby, Outreach Director for Watered Gardens in Joplin says this event is important as it brings everyone together for a good cause and every bowl is worth 15 meals. Jeffrey Jones, owner of Clay Cup Coffee Pottery, in Neosho says, this is a way for artists to bring their part in for the locals in need, and instead of donating money these artists donate their time and work. The event will take place today at the Joplin Empire Market from 11 AM to 6:30 PM. Sales will happen first come first serve; Willoughby encourages people to come by early and get their favorite bowls picked early.
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