Bag sale promotes local soup kitchen

By Farrah, Staff reporter

This weekend, the SPIN organization is hosting a community bag sale in hopes of raising money for their soup kitchen.

“Charity starts at home, in your city and town,” Cherrie Green, the corporate financial officer for SPIN, said.

Supporting People In Need, also known as SPIN, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping those in the surrounding communities by providing volunteer services.


Cherrie Green and her husband Gary Green are both graduates of SIU and serve on the community member board for the SPIN soup kitchen along with various community members and SIU staff.

The charity donates various items to those in need ranging from food to clothes.

“We provide household goods, furniture, appliances, clothes, toys, books, blankets, glassware and other items one might need,” Cherrie Green said.

On Oct. 5 and 6, the organization will be hosting a bake sale located at the couple’s thrift store. The thrift store is located at 822 industrial park road in Murphysboro.

According to the SPIN organization, the thrift store serves as a storage facility for items they give away. The money made from the thrift store pays for expenses of the soup kitchen such as utilities, water, insurance and so forth.

“We don’t receive a penny, all of the money goes to our soup kitchen,” Cherrie Green said.

The event will be a two dollar bag sale, all of the proceeds will go to the soup kitchen.


“It can get a little pricey, we try to get everyone fresh fruits and vegetables,” Cherrie Green said.

SIU’s Social Work Club is partnering with the organization to support the bag sale and future events the organization might hold.

Alyssa Sokolowski, a senior majoring in social work and member of Social Work Student Alliance, is one of the volunteers for the event.

“Social work student alliance is so grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer at SPIN,” Sokolowski said.

They do a lot within the community such as summer programs for kids, and job training programs in the fall, Sokolowski said.

The hours of the sale will vary depending on the day. On Friday the bag sale will be held at 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Staff reporter Farrah Blaydes can be reached at or on Twitter at @Farrah_Blaydes.

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