JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hours before the big game football fans took some time out for the Salvation Army's own Souper Bowl. The 13th annual event raised money to help the charity help others.
There were two firsts for the Salvation Army's annual Souper Bowl. It's the first year the event was held at Trustmark Park in Pearl and the first time the Souper Bowl doubled as a pep rally for the Saints.
"I want to say who dat! We're so proud of the Saints in the Super Bowl and we're very pleased with Jackson and all the support we've gotten here at the Salvation Army," said Salvation Army Captain Ken Chapman.
Here local restaurants showcase their best liquid culinary creations, competing for the Best Soup of Jackson trophy. All the money raised helps feed hungry people in the Jackson metro area.
"We are out on the street, in the canteen, feeding under bridges, feeding in parks and all over outside. So it's events like this that let us do that," said Salvation Army Director of Community Relations Marika Cackett.
"It is a wonderful event. It raises money that they use all year long to help people reinvent their lives," said ceramics designer Gail Pittman. Back in 1979 Pittman's home was devastated by a huge flood. It was the Salvation Army who helped her family get through that trying time. For the past 13 years Pittman has produced a signature bowl for this event as a way to give back.
"I said that I would come back at some point when I could, if ever I could help them and God gave me a way to do that," said Pittman.
As people fill up on soup and help raise money for the Salvation Army and maybe the Saints could feel the energy from cheers pouring from Trustmark Park.
"It's going to be a magical night for all of Mississippi and Louisiana and all those areas affected by katrina because this is going to mark a new day that the Saints rule professional football," said Salvation Army Public Relations Director Mark Jones.
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