It was a gaping hole in the marketplace and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church stepped in to fill the void.
No one was delivering soup during the wintertime until the church incorporated it into their biannual sub sale.
Mount Pleasant held their January sale last Friday. The church offers free delivery to local businesses and meals also were available to be picked up at the Colora church from 10 a.m. until noon.
"Someone mentioned that no one delivers soup so we decided to do it," said Ruthie Moretz, a co-chair of the event along with Becky Anderson. "It has been popular."
Mount Pleasant sold both chicken corn and vegetable beef soup in addition to American subs.
A 12-inch sub sold for $6 as did the combination of soup and a 6-inch sub.
Moretz said the church sold 360 subs and 200 cups of soup.
Even though the subs and soup weren't sold until 10 a.m., the work began hours earlier. The process started the night before where the dedicated group of 20 volunteers began slicing rolls and preparing some of the vegetables. The group congregated again Thursday morning at 6 a.m. and immediately began slicing tomatoes. When it came time to assemble the subs, it took 90 minutes to make the 360 hoagies.
Many of the volunteers are accustomed to the process since the church also holds a sub sale each September.
Kathy Montgomery has been volunteering at the sub sales since they started about 20 years ago. A few things have changed.
"We have more orders now," she said. "We used to do it on a Saturday but we moved it to a Friday so we can deliver to businesses.
Moretz said the money generated will be used to support Mount Pleasant's youth group and church luncheons. The youth group, comprised of sixth-12th graders recently returned from a youth rally in Ocean City.
"The youth rally promotes Christianity and togetherness," Moretz said. The funds will be used to help the youth group assist with a local shelter. The ultimate goal is to be able to send the youth group on a mission trip.
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