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RENATA SIMMONS PHOTOS Sister Renata Simmons and the Children’s Fellowship group of First Baptist Church welcome guests at their annual S.O.U.P. Day. CHILDREN’S S.O.U.P. T FOR THE SOUL Story by Shannon Holbrook he First Baptist Church in Richmond on Francis Street encourages giving and serving at the earliest age possible. Their Children’s Fellowship group embodies a generous spirit, as they hosted their annual S.O.U.P. Day and Coat Giveaway, which stands for Serving Others Uniting People, on Oct. 13. Guests could browse and take assorted free donated items, then enjoy free soup, served by the children, in fellowship with one another. Sister Renata Simmons, Director of Children’s Ministry at FBC, is new to the position and organized the event. “The children love to do it,” she said. “They save items throughout the year to give to a kid who doesn’t have much.” The event has been hosted by the children of the church for the past several years. It is free, open to the community and usually held in October, once colder weather arrives. Giveaway items include new and used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other clothing items for all ages and sizes. There were also household items, baby bedding and cribs, toys, jewelry and the like as they combined the event with their annual yard S.A.L.E. (Serving All Loving Everyone) giveaway due to conflicting dates that coincided with the church’s 175th anniversary. The idea behind the giveaway is truly extraordinary. The church opens its doors and offers anything they can, not only Continued on page 12 WINTER 2018 Madison Living 11