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The Super Bowl empowers churches to make a difference

North Raleigh Presbyterian Church’s Super Saturday Yard Sale is a tradition for bargain hunters. Church members spend months curating the goods they will sell.
North Raleigh Presbyterian Church’s Super Saturday Yard Sale is a tradition for bargain hunters. Church members spend months curating the goods they will sell. Courtesy of North Raleigh Presbyterian Church

Super Bowl weekend is more than just an excuse to eat wings drenched in blue cheese. The excitement of the big game and big halftime show can spill over into church service projects that are all winners, no matter what the final score is.

At North Raleigh Presbyterian Church, the Super Saturday Yard Sale is a tradition for bargain hunters. Church members spend months curating the goods they will sell and let the merchandise take over the building that usually houses Sunday School.

The gigantic yard sale happens Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. Early birds can pay $10 and get inside at 7:30 a.m.

Organizers pride themselves on the way the items are displayed by category.

“You can find everything from a Coach purse to flat screen TVs, artificial Christmas trees and things to decorate them with, adult coats, jewelry, children’s clothing and toys, books, pictures, furniture and so much more,” said Sarah Mulligan, a member of the NRPC Yard Sale Committee.

Don’t worry about cold weather. The majority of the sale takes place indoors.

And if all that bargain hunting leaves you hungry, North Raleigh Presbyterian has a solution for that, too. Members are cooking up pork barbecue and barbecue chicken for sale. Be warned – you have to get there early before it all sells out.

North Raleigh Presbyterian Church is at 11905 Strickland Road in Raleigh.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Super Bowl weekend means it is also time for the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring. The Souper Bowl was created in 1990 to help raise money and food for the hungry. All donations are directed towards local charities, which turns the weekend of the big game into a weekend of making a big difference.

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, at 625 Magdala Place in Apex, has a longstanding tradition of putting the Souper Bowl of Caring into practice on Super Bowl weekend.

“We started participating in this national event in 2012, so this coming weekend will be our seventh year,” said Kathy Barnack, a member of the St. Mary Magdalene Helping Hands Team.

“Since 2012 we have raised $7,300 in monetary donations and 2,500 pounds of soup donations for two local food pantries. Last year we raised more money and food donations than all the previous years, and we are hoping to break that record again this year,” Barnack said.

Monetary donations and non-perishable foods will be accepted at all St. Mary Magdalene masses during Super Bowl weekend. The donations will be forwarded to Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry and Western Wake Crisis Ministry.

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