Remember Upstate Atheists, the Spartanburg, South Carolina group whose volunteering efforts were turned away by a Christian soup kitchen last week?
They still found a way, despite being turned away by the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, to help those in need.
Spartanburg Soup Kitchen made headlines last week when they told Upstate Atheists that, as a Christian soup kitchen, they didn’t want atheists volunteering with them.
“This is a ministry to serve God,” Lou Landrum, the director of the kitchen, told the Christian Post. "We stand on the principles of God. Do they (atheists) think that our guests are so ignorant that they don't know what an atheist is? Why are they targeting us? They don't give any money. I wouldn't want their money.”
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After being rejected by the kitchen, Upstate Atheists decided to set up an event across the street at which they would give out care packages to the homeless. When Landrum heard of the news, she said “They can set up across the street from the Soup Kitchen. They can have the devil there with them, but they better not come across the street.”
Whether the devil attended the event or not is still unknown, but Upstate Atheists reports that their care package event was a huge success. The group raised over $2,000 dollars with which they bought socks, deodorant, toothpaste, and anti-septic wipes for the homeless.
"I was upset with the hateful remarks. It certainly wasn't necessary," said Eve Brannon, president of Upstate Atheists. "However, it turned out well. Because we were turned away, we ended up being able to give the homeless care packages that they needed. The people in need are the ones who truly matter."
The organization is now working on fundraising efforts to obtain its 501C3 status.