Silver Tea benefits A Cup of Love Ministry

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Frances DaVilla (left) and Rev. Betsy Porter keep the table full of goodies at St. James Episcopal Church’s 52nd annual Silver Tea on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Photo by David Bell

The ladies of St. James Episcopal Church sipped tea for a good cause at the 52nd annual Silver Tea on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Crescent Hotel. This year, all proceeds from the event went to A Cup of Love Ministry.

David Vanselow, a member of St. James, reported Monday that 350-400 people attended the tea, raising more than $4,000 for A Cup of Love. Kathy McCoy, chairwoman of this year’s tea, said she was happy to donate so much money to the ministry.

“A Cup of Love is trying to raise money for the down payment to buy their building,” McCoy said. “This is huge for them, because they need to do that as soon as possible. If anyone in the community wants to take a part in that, they’d certainly like having people help with A Cup of Love.”

Chuck and Pattie Jarrett, who run A Cup of Love, said they are hoping to open an overnight shelter in the building where they provide several kinds of soup and desserts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ministry opens its food bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and anyone can get food on that day. Pattie said the ministry is close to raising the money for the down payment.

“We are halfway there,” she said. “We have $15,000, and if we get another $15,000, we’ll be able to get started. That’s our goal.”

McCoy said the ladies of St. James vote on which nonprofit the tea will benefit each year. A Cup of Love was chosen this year, McCoy said, because of its mission.

“They’re such a help to the community,” McCoy said. “The thing I love most is the fact that we’ve always had such wonderful people to do this for.”

Co-chair Karen Pryor agreed.

“They help with the homeless. They are feeding people. They are giving them a place for refuge,” Pryor said. “If you’re not going to feed people and clothe people and house people, what’s the point?”

Rev. David Angus said he’s honored to help A Cup of Love.

“A Cup of Love Ministry is helping to restore the dignity of God in all the people they are able to serve,” Angus said. “They are helping to do all kinds of unique things to feed and care for people in the community. They’re local, and they help people get their feet on the ground.”

The Jarretts said they are grateful to St. James for helping out, saying the community has been so supportive over the past few years.

“We are amazed,” Chuck said. “We are just so thankful they decided to give it to us.”

“It’s unbelievable,” Pattie said. “We’re still kind of in shock.”

Aside from money, Pattie said, A Cup of Love is accepting clothing and bedding donations. Pattie said the ministry needs a little bit of everything for the new shelter, including coats, jackets, blankets, sheets, pillows and cots.

McCoy encouraged the community to keep helping the ministry.

“Our homeless population needs them year-round,” McCoy said. “Every day at A Cup of Love, ECHO and Flint Street, there are wonderful volunteer opportunities. If you have a little extra time or extra money, they can always use your help, and they welcome it.”

McCoy thanked everyone who helped make the tea possible, saying Amy Redman donated decor and the Crescent provided the space.

“I have pages of volunteers to thank,” McCoy said. “It means so much that we’re not only having a wonderful day together opening up the Christmas season, but we are doing something that’s going to help people we haven’t even met yet.”

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