Organizers had a hard time getting an exact number of soup cans that the good people of Panola County donated to Mission Carthage as part of a January collection drive.

People kept bringing in more donations, messing up the counting process. In the end, they just know it was more than 1,000 cans.

“We’ve counted it and recounted it,” Renee Nolan, with HeartsWay Hospice, said. “(Then) people bring more.”

Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center, HeartsWay Hospice, Texas Home Health and Winkler Place hosted a soup drive through the month of January to benefit Mission Carthage.

Donations were given out during Mission Carthage’s produce drop at the Carthage Softball Complex last Wednesday, as temperatures dipped close to freezing.

“We’re so grateful and thankful for this group of ladies and gentlemen that put together this soup drive,” Mission Carthage’s Jennifer Randall said. “It’s freezing cold. We wish we had some way to make ‘em hot soup right now, but they’re wonderful servants of our community, and thee help us at Mission Carthage. We’re just so grateful for them, and I know that all the clients picking up today are going to be grateful for the soup as well.”

The businesses picked soup as their drive’s focus because January was National Soup Month. The group’s original goal was 600 cans.

“We did the heater drive, we did the fan drive,” Kim Henigan with HeartsWay Hospice said. “But I think this has been the most successful of all of them, and it didn’t dent anybody’s pocketbook.”


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.