Shell Knob Silver Bell Tea supports local food pantry
Event raises $1,000 for charitable outreach
The Shell Knob Alliance of Churches held its Silver Bell Tea on Dec. 6 at Central Crossing United Methodist Church in Shell Knob.
Ladies of CCUMC organized the popular event as a community outreach and fundraiser for the Alliance of Churches Food Pantry. Ticket sales for the formal event generated more than $1,000. The pantry provides food for hundreds of families in the Barry and Stone County area. So far in 2016, the Food Pantry has served 292 families and 1,021 people.
The Silver Bell Tea included a holiday-oriented luncheon and program. Several individuals and groups attended and dressed for the occasion, enjoying a specially prepared meal. Each of the 12 luncheon tables were decorated for the Christmas season. This year's guest church was Lakeside Christian Church.
The program began with servings of hot apple cider followed by socializing and shopping at four holiday vendor booths. Entertainment was provided by the Shepherd's Ringers, a bell ensemble from Kimberling City. Lunch included chicken salad with cranberry/strawberry salad and croissants with tea and coffee. Several delicious holiday desserts could be selected from a dessert table.
The Silver Bell Tea is an annual event open for all area residents by reservation.