Bowls of Hope… Filled with Heart

Dear Reader:

Honey Burrell is one of those remarkable women that you know, intuitively when you meet her, that you have been lucky enough to be chosen to come into contact with her in your lifetime…handpicked from God. That’s the way I feel about Honey.

It doesn’t matter geographically where Honey calls home or resides…she will make a difference in that community. After retiring from teaching and moving to the North Carolina mountains with her wonderful husband, Mike, she decided to pursue pottery… but instead it pursued her…as she used her learning skills and growing talents to help others.

Case-in-point: A service project that started over a quarter of a century ago with a goal to address hunger needs in a community in Michigan has now grown and spread nationally and internationally.

“Taking place in Flat Rock, North Carolina… inside the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness…the “Empty Bowls” event continues to feed local school children. Potters (like Honey) have worked tirelessly to create ceramic bowls for the community meals benefitting the Flat Rock Backpack Program, which provides supplemental weekend food to students receiving free and reduced lunches.”

*Honey created the three bowls in the magazine article front page photo. (title photo)

“The potters have been called for bowls, and food and volunteers are being lined up, says David Voorhess, coordinator of the event. “Hundreds of handmade pottery bowls, gallons of soups, and piles of bread will all be ready.”

Honey Burrell says,

“I am passionate about the Empty Bowls initiative…it’s one way I can give back to those in our community that are suffering from food insecurities. I am a strong believer in helping others. Each bowl that I make is made with love, and it’s my hope that the love is felt by the individual who receives it.”

*This program might come under more pressure to feed more children, as well as, adults if the Coronavirus affects school closings. So many children depend on school lunches  (breakfast/lunch) for the only meals they receive on a daily basis. If schools close…even temporarily… these children will definitely need help to provide food assistance to them.

And I know who will be there for them…Honey!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to Bowls of Hope… Filled with Heart

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Thank you for sharing…Honey is a very special person…always seeing the needs of others and caring…really caring. Hope your week is going well.


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