In the weeks before Good Samaritan Ministries’ Empty Bowls Project, residents from Oakridge Manor painted bowls on several different occasions.

“We were approached and asked if we wanted to paint a few bowls,” said Butch Perkins, activities director at Oakridge Manor. “We asked the residents if they wanted to do the project and they were excited to participate.”

Besides painting bowls, the residents also took a collection to make a $100 donation to Good Samaritan Ministries on Thursday.

“They loved the bowls,” Perkins said. “All of them are unique and the residents enjoyed seeing all that is involved in this event.”

Barbara Looney was one of the 13 residents who enjoyed lunch at the Brownwood Coliseum Thursday. When Looney first heard about Empty Bowls, she didn’t know about the project but was eager to participate.

“I’m not very talented at painting, but I sure did enjoy painting,” Looney said. “This is just such a good event. I hope we can do this again next year.”

While the residents enjoyed their soup lunch, Oakridge Manor staff members were trying to locate the bowls the residents painted. 

“We’re trying to find their bowls,” Perkins said. “But, we haven’t had any luck.”

Although the residents’ bowls were not found, they each left with bowls they liked.