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SOUPORT: Successful event will keep homeless warm

| November 19, 2023 1:00 AM

Predictions? They’re hard to make, whether forecasting the weather or predicting how many people would attend Souport 2023.

Well, I’m writing to express our deepest gratitude to the incredible community that came out in full force to support Souport, our recent event aimed at raising funds for our overnight homeless winter warming shelter. The outpouring of support and generosity from Kootenai County residents has been truly heartwarming, and we wanted to take a moment to extend our sincere thanks.

Community presence at Souport made a significant impact, not only in terms of financial contributions but also in demonstrating the strength of our community when we come together for a common cause. Thanks to your support, we are one step closer to ensuring that our homeless neighbors have a warm and safe place to spend the winter nights. We raised $29,000 on Nov. 2, well on our way to an expected $87,000 expense before the winter is over.

The funds raised during Souport will play a crucial role in covering the operational expenses for running our overnight shelter. For those who attended or have made donations, your commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate is truly commendable, and we are grateful to have such caring individuals in North Idaho!

Much appreciation to the Coeur d’Alene Press too for helping raise awareness, pre and post event. Together, we are not just addressing a need, we are creating a compassionate and supportive environment for everyone.

So, for North Idaho weather predictions, I’ll leave that up to Randy Mann and Cliff Harris. As for 29 grand and over 500 patrons … now who would have ever predicted that!

LARRY RILEY, executive director

St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho

Coeur d’Alene