A Special Celebration at the Soup Kitchen
Kitty and Harvey with Sisters Mary and Rosanne

As usual, volunteers were spreading peanut butter and jelly on bread while staff packed beverages and utensils into bags that accompanied to-go containers. But, when Kitty and Harvey Welton walked through the door, everyone dropped what they were doing and started singing, “Happy anniversary to you!” Then, the celebration began.

Celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this week, Kitty and Harvey Welton have spent more than twenty of those fifty years volunteering at the soup kitchen. Their daughter, Kara, who was the first Welton to volunteer when she was in high school, called Sister Mary many weeks prior with an idea. “We want to do something special to surprise our parents for their anniversary. They do not want anything, but they love Emmaus. We would like to give a gift in honor of their anniversary.” The “we” referred to Kara and her siblings: Kristen and Michael, as well their spouses. The gift turned out to be a special meal given to soup kitchen guests, donated by their children—a surprise to Kitty and Harvey until they arrived to serve that evening.

Ox roast simmered in roasters through the afternoon while festive cookies decorated with icing rings, hearts, and the word “love” accompanied as dessert. A salad made with vegetables from Emmaus Grove added a fresh touch to the meal. Chris Pol, Kitty’s sister, and her husband, Tony, brought decorations for the kitchen including balloons and photos of the couple throughout the years. Kathe Wilson, a friend and volunteer, also baked celebratory cookies for the event.

“It was a special celebration for a special couple,” said Sister Mary Miller. “Kitty and Harvey’s love for one another is great, but their love extends far, shown in their faithfulness to the guests of Emmaus and the generosity shown by their children. We wish them a very happy 50th anniversary.”

Photo: (L-R) Sister Mary Miller, Harvey and Kitty Welton, Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes

Celebrating 50 years
Celebrating 50 years
A special meal with dessert
A special meal with dessert
Surprise!
Surprise!