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Souper Bowl of Caring offers help for others

WARREN – Before the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots played the big game Sunday night, area children took advantage of Super Bowl-themed activities, including fundraisers to help the community.

Many area churches held their annual Souper Bowl of Caring, in which children pass around cooking pots and ask those attending services to donate to help local charities.

The Souper Bowl of Caring has become one of America’s largest youth-led events of giving and serving, national organizers said. Young people collect money and food, which is given directly to local charities of the group’s choice.

At Blessed Sacrament Parish, more than 30 confirmation candidates and their parents hosted a pancake breakfast, and then after the two morning Masses, held large cooking pots at the church doors for people to drop donations into.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Vincent dePaul Society’s food pantry at the church.

Isabell D’Andrea and Nia D’Andrea said they enjoyed helping with the collection.

“We helped serve pancakes and then collect donations,” Isabell said.

Assisting them at the door at the church was Trevor Patchin, who claimed that more people were placing donations in his kitchen pot than the others.

On Saturday, children in kindergarten to sixth grades could enjoy their own “Super Bowl,” taking part in football-themed activities within an hour at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Warren.

Children wearing football team jerseys, played checkers, cornhole, and made crafts centered around the Super Bowl and also started with a football training camp with exercises. The hour was divided into four quarters with children moving to different games and activities every 15 minutes.

Sidney McMahan, 10, and brother, Own McMahan, 8, spent the day trying each game and activity along with their dad, Sidney McMahan.

The event was concluded with a tailgate party inside the library with snacks.

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