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Aug 1, 2013 9:34 AM by Ashley Byers -- abyers@kristv.com

Nun In Need of Help With Kingsville Soup Kitchen

KINGSVILLE - A nun inspired by the memory of her late brother started a soup kitchen and vegetable garden to help those in need. Now, her success could use some help.

Sister Elizabeth Smith tells us she wants to help those in need of food with her soup kitchen located at Our Lady of Good Counsel. She uses all organic vegetables picked from the garden.

Sister Elizabeth is from Ireland. She said they grew their own vegetables during her time their, and she took some inspiration from that. She plans to have potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, and other easy to grow vegetables in the soup kitchen garden.

Her inspiration for the garden came from MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her late brother was treated there while he battled pancreatic cancer. She says the facility had great food and everything was homegrown. She said the quality of food helped him with chemotherapy.

She decided to start The Weavers of Love, a group that manages the kitchen and looks for volunteers with help with the vegetable garden.

Sister Elizabeth also has the support of Kleberg County Commissioner, Chuck Shultz. He is volunteering his time to help get the land ready for planting. Commissioner Shultz said she knows how nurse someone back to health. He also said it is great to have someone to get this job done.

Sister Elizabeth needs more volunteers to help with the gardening. If you would like to help her, you can contact Commissioner Shultz at (361) 228-2969

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