Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, Make-A-Wish Partner for Breakfast

Mums and breakfast are the words as the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling starts its fall fundraising season.

The soup kitchen will partner with Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia to sponsor its fourth “Wishes and Dishes” breakfast, set for 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 28. The organizations will split the money raised, said Becky Shilling-Rodocker, executive director of the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling.

During the breakfast, a Northern Panhandle child with special needs will be granted a trip to Disney World.

The 3-year-old doesn’t yet know, but has been invited to the breakfast.

Those wishing to attend, become a sponsor or reserve a table should contact Anna O’Neil at 304-233-4000.

“We would like to get a full room so the child feels loved and supported,” Shilling-Rodocker said.

The soup kitchen is still looking for a corporate sponsor, but Shilling-Rodocker also hopes the community will step up and become the main financial sponsor for the breakfast.

“This helps us and Make-A-Wish,” she said. “It helps us get through until the holidays. We struggle through the summer. We don’t get the donations then as people are on vacations and thinking of being away from home. It creates a rough drought, and it’s tough to get through.”

The soup kitchen also is selling mums this fall that were obtained from area Amish residents. Offerings range from a single, 9-inch plant to a bushel basked of multicolored mums.