A giving heart and a pleasant smile

Published 7:44 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Becky Farmer is one of those people who finds it hard to say “no” when she sees a community need. And, so, when the then-new Souper Saturday program was getting its feet on the ground more than two decades ago, Becky agreed to chair it for a while.

Now, 23 years later, she is retiring from the volunteer position, having supervised the serving of literally tons of homemade soup, thousands of ham biscuits and a few tons of community goodwill.

Souper Saturday is the premier ecumenical church-sponsored event in Isle of Wight County. It brings together dozens of volunteers to work the soup lines and dozens more at home cooking soups.

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In the end, Souper Saturday provides funds for assisting the county’s poor to buy fuel in the winter, but it does much more. It provides the county’s churches with a practical reason to get together and collectively turn their efforts toward helping our less fortunate.

It’s a huge project each year and Mrs. Farmer has shouldered the chairmanship with a smile and a friendly word for all those helping her.

She deserves a rest from that particular labor, but I suspect she will find additional outlets for her inexhaustible desire to help others. Thank you, Becky.