BUTLER TWP. ‚?? A Drums church is hoping to use soup to help soothe the soul in Newtown, Conn.
Members of St. John‚??s United Church of Christ in Drums will travel to Newtown in the near future to serve lunch ‚?? the church‚??s renowned turkey noodle soup ‚?? to all first-responders of the tragedy that resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults last month at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
‚??Our church makes great soup,‚?Ě said Terrie Griffith, the church organist who pitched the idea to the congregation. ‚??Soup is a comfort food, and they need comforting. It‚??s our way of saying thank you to them for what they did that day and what they do all year.‚?Ě
The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. will host the luncheon at a date yet to be announced. Sandy Hook Engineer George Lockwood Jr. said all first-responders are appreciative of the church group‚??s effort to make the trip to Connecticut and provide lunch.
‚??It‚??s great that they are doing this,‚?Ě Lockwood said. ‚??Every day people stop by and bring us cookies, goodies and food. We appreciate everything that people from across the country have done for us.‚?Ě
Lockwood said all first-responders have been under stress since the Dec. 14 mass shooting. He said many have required counseling.
‚??It‚??s been kind of overwhelming,‚?Ě he said. ‚??That‚??s why we appreciate gestures like this.‚?Ě
The Rev. Thom Morris and his wife, Sandra, said the group is awaiting a date from the fire company to schedule its visit. Sandra Morris said that about 20 members of the congregation will make the trip.
‚??We just feel these people deserve some recognition,‚?Ě she said. ‚??We know what the families are going through; and this will also affect the first responders for the rest of their lives as well.‚?Ě
Sandra Morris knows what she is talking about. She lost her only child ‚?? son Terry Durwood Newell ‚?? in a car crash four days after 9/11. He was 22 years old.
‚??When you lose your only child, it can be devastating,‚?Ě Thom Morris said.
‚??We have prayed for the Newtown community,‚?Ě he said. ‚??Our congregation is comprised of loving, caring people.‚?Ě
In addition to the turkey noodle soup ‚?? the church won‚??t release the recipe ‚?? the first responders will be treated to beef barbecue, pierogies, hoagies, iced tea and goodies.
Griffiths, who has worked with an ambulance group, said she watched the coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting and came up with the idea of traveling there to provide lunch.
‚??I just felt they needed to get some recognition ‚?? to be thanked for what they do,‚?Ě she said. ‚??Their job was not an easy one that day. This is my way ‚?? our way ‚?? of thanking them.‚?Ě
Those who want to donate to help defray the cost of the St. John‚??s congregation‚??s trip to Newtown, Conn., may contact the Rev. Thom Morris at 762-4196 or Sandra Morris at 762-4195.