Third annual 3’s for LIFE campaign nets over 3,000 cans of soup

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (February 17, 2023) – The Loveland High School varsity basketball team delivered on the floor with 128 made pointers during the season and then began delivering more than 3,000 cans of soup to the Loveland InterFaith Effort (LIFE) Food Pantry.

About 300 of more than 3,000 cans of soup donated by Third Annual 3’s For LIFE campaign to LIFE Food Pantry in Loveland (Photo Chuck Gibson)

Tigers Inc, and LHS Spirit Club has been personally delivering cans of soup in recent days including a delivery of some 300 cans of Progresso Soups Tuesday afternoon, February 20th at the LIFE Food Pantry. This is the third year for the campaign to help fill the shelves at the food pantry. It started as a challenge supported by Jarvis Global Investments, LLC (JGI) promising to donate multiple cans of soup for each 3-pointer made by the Loveland Varsity Basketball teams – both men and women – during all home games each season. A partnership was formed with Tigers Inc the Loveland High School Spirit Club and JGI.

This year the student project leaders for the campaign were Reid Niven and Bella Keith. Both joined several other members of Tigers Inc. and faculty sponsor Craig Murnan during the delivery Tuesday by the staff of Jarvis Global Investments. Also on hand for the special delivery to the food pantry was Loveland Schools Superintendent Mike Broadwater. He addressed the group commending the students for their efforts to help LIFE carry out their vital mission to serve the needy in our community. Art Jarvis, Founder and President of JGI also offered thanks to the students and the community for helping make this third annual 3’s For LIFE campaign an even bigger success than last year

Those on hand for the delivery of 300 cans of soup Tuesday, February 20th included – Front: l-r Grace Dressell, Nolyn Ujvari, Leah Schwav, Reid Niven, Bella Keith, Katelyn Jarvis, Austin Jarvis – Back row: Craig Murnan, Ian Richards, Will Bertke, Jack Sauer, Mike Broadwater, Art Jarvis. (Photo Chuck Gibson)

“The kids did a nice job,” said Jarvis, citing can donations of over 2,700 in 2022, and over 3,000 each year for 2023 and 2024. “Tigers Inc. over 1,200 cans through their community outreach.”

As a senior project leader, Bella Keith served as a spokesperson for the students. She explained what the campaign is with Jarvis Global Investments donating 12 cans for every made three-point shot and the efforts of community outreach that go with that. It was a team effort with her and co-project leader Reid Smith.

“Working on fundraising, we did a bunch of different things,” said Keith. “We had spirit towels we designed. If you brought in cans, you got a spirit towel.”

They also had some fundraisers at local restaurants which helped raise money as well as more canned good donations.

“We promoted it on our social media as well,” Keith said. “We promoted it on our Spirit Club account and throughout the school we did a canned good drive for first bells and we got about 390 cans from all the classes.”

Reid Niven displays one of the Spirit Towels they gave away to students who brought in extra cans. (Photo Chuck Gibson)

The Tigers Inc. banner and mission message (Photo Chuck Gibson)

That was in just two days. Keith also gave credit to the 3-point shooters who accounted for 1,536 cans from their 128 made 3-point shots during the season. That surpassed last season’s number by about 300 more cans. Specifically, the boys made 64 three-point shots while the girls filled the net with 61 three-pointers of their own. According to numbers tallied by their faculty sponsor Craig Murnan, “the students were able to collect $890.20” in cash donations and additionally 438 canned goods. That makes a difference for the whole community, but also individually it affects the students involved. 

“It was a really good experience for me,” said Keith. “I’ve done a lot of projects with Tigers Inc.; it makes me want to keep donating and helping people especially with donating cans like last year we brought in 1,000 cans at once. They (LIFE) said they were feeding people until the end of the summer.”

3’s For LIFE promotional sign (Photo image Chuck Gibson)

Craig Murnan is proud of what has already been accomplished to help support LIFE Food Pantry through this canned soup campaign partnership with Jarvis Global Investments and the students. He knows the need is not going away and he knows the kids see the impact they are making.

“It’s been a really great partnership,” said Murnan. “To be able to come down here; I think a day like today is where our kids get to see first-hand the impact they have. Being able to see that and also talk to people here about the need, that’s just another great aspect of having an event like this here today. My hope is they carry this on for a lifetime and look for ways they can impact their community in the future recognizing the importance of giving back.”  

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