In our small rural town, benefit meals are a frequent community event. Waffles, pizza and chili become a means of rallying around individual families who are experiencing tough situations and burdensome medical expenses.
Last night we attended a local soup supper to lend support for a young couple we'd never met who recently lost their infant son. Friends and family dished out hot chili, soup, cinnamon rolls and fruit pie to the hundreds of attendees who packed into the college cafeteria. Photos and memoribilia from the baby's short life were laid on a table, and baskets invited donations.
It was such a beautiful picture of what I think it means to live in community. I do not recall attending or even hearing about any such meal while living in Colorado, and last night's supper made me curious if these benefit dinners take place in other areas, especially other small towns. Have you ever heard of, or attended, such a meal? I'd love to hear your stories!