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Serving Other Souls creates specific events based on the needs of the souls that within our reach within the greater Pittsburgh area. Many of these events will occur once to help meet the temporary need of the souls we chose to help. However, SOS Core Events are annual events that we do every year since the need in the areas that we serve are always present, and we will conduct these Core Events as long as we have the resources and manpower to complete the tasks of the Core Events. The Core Events are listed below with a link to pictures of the event and a basic synopsis of the event.
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Each year, SOS devotes a three week time period leading up to Thanksgiving to conduct our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. SOS asks the families of Murrysville to drop off material goods that make up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including a frozen turkey, and SOS then assembles these goods into complete Thanksgiving Meal boxes that include all the ingredients listed below. SOS is slowing uploading archived images of our previous food drives. You can also find images of the 2014 food drive on the Instagram link at top of this page. Download and print this pdf that lists the food items of our food drive. Once archived, you will be able to observe the data listing the successes of the food drive, images of our members hard at work, click on an individual year of a food drive to view images and we hope you begin to understand why this is one of our most treasured SOS activities.
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Few events build empathy in our members as much as the Homeless Clothing Drive and Gift Giving Event. Over the few weeks that lead up to Winter Break, SOS members work tirelessly on organizing clothing donations of specific items that SOS then places in Homeless Care Package Kit as a comprehensive gift covering all cold-weather clothing needs of the homeless. The items listed in this pdf doc make up our care kits and are donated each year by our generous families at Franklin Regional and from other charitable organizations in the Eastern suburbs.
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Info for 2016 event coming soon.
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The Relay for Life is a national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The Murrysville Relay for Life was originally organized by our famous, deceased principal and friend, Joe Leftwich, before he succumbed to cancer. Since Joe’s death in 2006, the Franklin Regional community has raised tens of thousands of dollars through our local Relay for Life that has benefitted the American Cancer Society. Once our archived data us uploaded, you can view the various fundraisers that SOS has conducted for Relay for Life to add to the totals that various groups across our district donate to the Relay for Life each year.
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Between 15 to 20 members of Serving Other Souls annually attend a field trip where we travel to the Pittsburgh Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and purchase supplies for dinner, create the dinner, serve the dinner, and clean up after the dinner to all the families staying in the RMH. The RMH is an apartment complex attached to the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. The RMH offers families with children who are truly sick and are receiving treatment in Children’s Hospital a room or small apartment for the family to stay in while they are supporting the child who is receiving treatment. At the top floor of the RMH, there is a Penthouse floor that is common kitchen, dining room, and living room to watch TV or offer entertainment. At any given time, there around between 30-50 individuals living in these apartments, and therefore, we always prepare the meal for at least 50 people.
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Here you will find a spotlight with a particular soul in need (may or may not be anonymous) and why SOS felt compelled to assist in anyway possible to help bring peace, joy, and relief to souls such as these. Previous Souls in Crisis include Sunny Carney, Kristin Croyle, and Lorri Nixon who were spotlighted in the Miles of Smiles 5K portion of site. If you would like SOS to consider a Soul in Crisis for our SOS Spotlight, please contact SOS to discuss. From our experience, we will generally stick with causes that can benefit multiple individuals, but if there is a true need, SOS needs to know about it so we can find a way, large or small, to make a difference in that soul’s life.
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The SOS Backpack Program is currently suspended until we find a permanent donor who can provide the necessary funds to help us create 40-50 backpacks of food twice a month for the 40-50 needy families at our middle school. The cost of maintaining the food bank that was used to create the backpacks was compromising the mission of SOS and using a larger percentage of our financial resources than we wished to offer this program. If you or your business wish to fund this important core project of SOS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the options with us.