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Rotary soup supper raises funds for home safety


By Bob Steenson,

Area residents can get some relief from the frigid weather forecast and help a project to provide carbon monoxide detectors to area homes at the same time, by attending a Rotary Club fundraiser this Saturday evening.

The club will hold a soup supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Elks Lodge in Charles City.

Five varieties of hot, hearty homemade soups will be offered: home style chicken noodle with vegetables, cheesy ham and potato, vegetable cheese and broccoli, traditional chili, and white chili with chicken. Relishes, crackers, beverages and a choice of several kinds of homemade pie will be included.

Valet parking will be available, and the lodge bar will also be open. To-go meals will also be available.

Money raised will go toward club projects, especially the “Breath Easy” project, which will buy and distribute at least 400 carbon monoxide detectors for Charles City households.

Staci Ackerson, club president, said it hasn’t been completely decided how the CO detectors will be distributed, but homes with children may be emphasized. Further details will be announced later.

Helping the Rotary Club purchase the CO detectors will be a grant from the Floyd County Community Foundation for $2,738, or half the cost, Ackerson said. A $250 Thrivent Team Action Grant from Thrivent Financial’s “Live Generously” program will also go toward setting up the soup supper.

In addition to the CO detector project, funds raised will go toward other things the club supports, like scholarships, Ackerson said.

Tickets for the event — part of the Charles City Cabin Fever Weekend schedule — will be available at the door Saturday, or in advance from Rotary Club members or at KCHA Radio on Main Street in Charles City.