We know winters in Wisconsin can get long, but soup can be one way to warm up. What started as a way to feed the elderly has evolved into a fundraising opportunity that offers a home-cooked meal for anyone.
“I wanted to make sure that the elderly were getting nice, home-cooked meals in the winter,” says Paula Pregler, who heads the Activities Committee. “That way, people have it ready for those cold winter nights.”
A small group from the Activities Committee at SS. Mary and Hyacinth gets together on the third week of January, February, and March and makes two types of soup, which they sell by the quart at the weekend Masses.
The money raised has already helped purchase an extra refrigerator for the basement and tables for the gathering space. In 2023, the group raised a good amount because an anonymous donor supplied all the soup ingredient costs.
Each time the group makes about 120 quarts of soup. They used to take it outside and put it in the snow to cool it down for packaging, but they recently started cooling it in the kitchen sinks with ice. It’s an undertaking to make all the soup, but like everything with the Activities Committee, Paula enjoys it.
“We have such a great time when we get together to make the soup,” she says. “It really is a lot of fun.”
The Activities Committee also makes breakfast pastries, called kolaches, to sell in December. These are sold at the annual SS. Mary and Hyacinth Christmas bake sale. They also help with the beef dinner that’s part of the annual Harvest Fair.
“The Activities Committee has grown tremendously,” Paula says. “I have a whole new group of friends that I didn’t know before this group. It’s a good thing. You never can have too many friends.”
This year, the committee hopes to host a community-wide picnic.
Paula would love to see this committee grow even more. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with people while hosting activities for the parish.
“It’s fun getting together to put on activities,” she says. “I love working with people.”
If you like soup from the heart — whether that be chicken noodle, chili, or minestrone — purchase some this winter while also supporting the Activities Committee!
For more information on purchasing soup or to join the Activities Committee, contact Paula Pregler at 715-623-0727 or email@example.com.