Emmaus House fundraiser draws attention to homelessness in Savannah

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Volunteers with Emmaus house say the Empty Bowl fundraiser is their biggest event of the year (Photo: Ian Dembling)

Savannah, Ga. (WTGS)-- The sixth annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser at the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen drew hundreds to their location on Abercorn Street Sunday.

The goal of the Empty Bowl Fundraiser is to bring people together and raise money and awareness for the homelessness and poverty that affects many in the Savannah community.

Volunteers with Emmaus House say on average about 200-250 people come in every day to have a meal with them. This doesn't just include those who are homeless.

"Most people think it's just people living on the street, but there's a lot of people who by the time you reach the end of the month, they just don't have enough finances to cover basic needs like food," volunteer Paula Ohaus.

With a $20 donation to the Emmaus House, guests had the opportunity to take a ceramic bowl and fill it up with soup, salad, and desserts that were either made by the soup kitchen, or donated by local restaurants and organizations. All the money from Sunday's event went towards making more meals for those who can't afford one otherwise.

"I can't help but be proud of what we do here on a daily basis. We help change people's lives," said Ariana Berksteiner, executive director of Emmaus House.

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