RICHMOND, KY — Morning Pointe of Richmond residents are paying it forward one spoonful at a time as part of the Madison County Empty Bowls Project — now in its 20th year. The volunteer effort involves assembling and organizing canned goods to help prepare a soup for a fundraiser event at First Baptist Church.

For a minimum donation of $12, participants received a handmade pottery bowl, homemade soup, bread and a beverage. Proceeds from the event benefit four organizations: Richmond Food Bank at New Liberty Family Shelter, God’s Outreach Community Food Bank, Home Meals Delivery and the Salvation Army of Madison County.

The residents and their families and friends, as well as the Morning Pointe staff, donated supplies to the project and volunteered at the event. But this act of kindness is nothing new for the seniors, who inspired Morning Pointe Senior Living’s yearlong community service campaign to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based healthcare services company and its 27 senior living communities across five states are partnering with local organizations, schools and nonprofits to give back 20,000 hours of community service in 2017.

Photo: (left to right) Morning Pointe of Richmond residents Ogal Spicer, Jane Wallace, Julia Ramey, Mitsue York and Jean Harper, Nick Martin (volunteer) and Madeline Koretski, Morning Pointe of Richmond resident, bag up canned goods to benefit the Madison County Empty Bowls Project.