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Our View: Empty Bowls shows giving spirit lives on

The results are in and they're impressive.

The second annual Empty Bowls fund raiser was held March 2 and more than $10,750 was raised to benefit the Five Loaves Food Shelf and the Happy Kids Backpack Program.

The fact that the Empty Bowls volunteers were able to expand upon their success of last year is a major accomplishment. In these tough economic times, all people raising funds for a good cause have got to wonder how things will shake out in the end.

But with Empty Bowls reaching beyond the $10,000 mark, it shows the community's giving spirit remains strong, even in the midst of uncertain times.

It's a promising and hopeful sign.

More and more people are in need in western Wisconsin, and the only way to help all those who require a hand up is for those who are able to be more generous.

Of course, the important Empty Bowls funding wouldn't have been possible without all the volunteers who worked at the event, the students and teachers who created all of the beautiful bowls, the individuals who willingly spent their money at the event, and the local businesses who donated food and more to help make the gathering a success.

Thanks to all those who played a role in the Empty Bowls project. The spirit of giving lives on in the New Richmond area.