Serving Other Souls wants to know how our events have benefited your life as either a member of SOS or as a soul in need that received support from SOS. Please share your thoughts and feelings so we can share these with our members at meetings or offer the emotional currency that allows folks to trust us with their donations of time, talent, or treasure. All comments will be reviewed before they are posted for appropriateness, and all patrons of the guest book must list a valid email (email address not posted) when a post is written.
Mike Mento from Murrysville wrote on August 15, 2017 at 11:04 am:
From working with Chris and the seeing the good this organization does - it brings me true hope that there are plenty of great people in this world. We see so much of the negative through the news, internet and social media - it's such a wonderful thing to see some positive light. God Bless everyone associated with SOS and don't be afraid to reach out for help, that's what they are here for.
from Murrysville wrote on January 17, 2016 at 11:07 pm:
The members of SOS made our Thanksgiving much more bountiful than it would have been... We were blessed by their good work.
wrote on November 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm:
Serving other Souls is something that I can truely say has changed my life. SOS is an opportunity to hold out a hand for someone that needs it. Before SOS, I would get extremely upset over the littlest things, but I've learned how extremely blessed I am. Mr. Cooley has truely taught me life lessons and has came into my life for the better.
from Pittsburgh wrote on November 25, 2015 at 7:57 am:
I would like to thank SOS for the 34 meals today that I delivered to families in need in Homewood. These families and my school family are grateful for your continued dedication generosity and live to the Pittsburgh community. Many families will be having a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner because of you.
from Ford City wrote on November 25, 2015 at 1:57 am:
I contacted SOS to
see if they could help
a FRHS student, Sabrina,who had recently been diagnosed with 2 brain lesions. Her mom is a single mom trying to maintain a job and be by her daughter's side through weeks of testing, procedures and hospitalizations. SOS blessed this sweet family with their prayers, friendship and financial donations (gas and food giftcards which are greatly needed and appreciated!) The journey is far from over for Sabrina, as there is a biopsy scheduled in January, but what a true blessing it is knowing that SOS is there to support her and love her. Even in the most trying times, she and her mom will not be forgotten.
from Murrysville wrote on November 25, 2015 at 1:43 am:
I recommended three families for the SOS Thanksgiving Food Drive. One a single mom struggling with the additional expense of a son in Community College this year. Another a woman in her early 60's who has moved into her elderly parents' home in order to care for them, but this affects her income. And the other~ family of five (two adults and three children) who simply would be burdened by the expense of a holiday meal this Thanksgiving as they wonder how to manage Christmas gifts for their kids. I had the enormous gift of personally delivering these meals today. And these families in diverse circumstances have been so blessed by the mission of SOS, the student members, and community support!
from Murrysville wrote on November 25, 2015 at 12:25 am:
It's a rare thing in this life to find a place where a group of individuals diverse in terms of age, religion and ethnicity can join together, free of conflict or tension, and work towards serving a greater good. It is even more rare to see this phenomenon occurr in a institutional context like middle school where kids are pitted against one another for so many reasons. Definitely rare -- but definitely possible!!!!! Serving Other Souls has carved out a space for empathy to trump that which serves the self. It is extraordinary to witness our kids, under the guidance of Chris Cooley, model the paradigm we need in all aspects of life.
from Murrysville wrote on November 19, 2015 at 10:50 pm:
I want to share this story of someone contacting me after seeing the SOS Thanksgiving Food Drive on Facebook. She is the mom of a child that she told me "benefited so much" from my daughter's participation in SOS as a "Buddy" for her child in The Miracle League. She dropped off at my house an entire family meal in support and thanks for what SOS does for so many.
from Plum wrote on October 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm:
Serving other Souls has blessed our family with love and financial support. We are extremely thankful to this amazing group of students and Mr. Cooley for helping our family with the astronomical costs of my long cancer battle with Leukemia. We have faced not only the costs of my care and meds here in Pittsburgh but also travel expenses for now over 60 trips across state for clinical trial treatment. The Miles of Smiles race day was one I will cherish forever with all of the love and support. Mr. Cooley and his family have spent countless hours of time helping organize and make the events happen. The parents of the kids involved also give so generously and help this organization. The amazing children have empathy and are learning and doing what is truly important in life- being a blessing and serving others. Thank you again and again. God bless all of you. Lorri
from Murrysville wrote on October 27, 2015 at 9:51 am:
I have watched this group help and touch so many people. It never ceases to amaze me. What this group is teaching these children, our future leaders, is something so invaluable. Empathy, kindness, caring, love. My son was actually upset that he had to miss a fundraiser last week. Mr. Cooley and SOS are invaluable to the lives of these children, and to the community that surrounds them!!
Anonymous from Plum wrote on October 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm:
This organization has impacted so many lives!! I am amazing every time I view the website to see all the awesome thing these kiddos are doing! I lose hope all the time that the kids of today "get it", understand the impact of their actions, or have empathy for their fellow man, but this organization shows that at least some kids have a fighter's chance of growing into men and women that will be great leaders and souls to help the world in the troubling times to come. God bless SOS!!!
from Murrysville wrote on August 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm:
My family has personally benefited from the SOS organization, leadership, and donations. SOS is a unique, remarkable organization that deeply touches and influences students who participate and recipients of their "Got Empathy" mission!
from Pittsburgh wrote on August 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm:
The miracle League field in Murrysvile was a very great and uplifting experience.