Hundreds of people stopped by the Catholic War Veterans of Altoona earlier today for the third annual ‘Soup-er Sunday’ fundraiser hosted by the Families United for Change.
Marianne Sinisi started Families United for Change after losing her son in 2018 to substance use disorder. On Sunday cars filled the parking lot and overflow lots of the Catholic War Veterans of Altoona to support her organization by buying soup. She says the organization has grown more than she could have ever imagined since then.
She says this fundraiser allows them to continue to do their part in helping families and individuals who are or know someone battling addiction.
“Our biggest fundraiser, so that we can help support people in the community that suffer from substance use disorder and their families and do what we can with the community,”
She says that in 2018, when they were passing out Narcan, which reverses an opioid overdose, people were hesitant. She says that now she has seen more people open to taking it and potentially saving a life.
One board member Jen Walter says it’s important to talk to someone, so that you, or someone you know, can get help.
“Reach out to us, if you’re struggling, if you’re a family that’s struggling, we can point you in the right direction of some help,”
To find out more about the Families United for Change organization and how you can get involved, head to their website or Facebook page.