My brother and I like to volunteer at a soup kitchen in our neighborhood whenever we can. For 35 Years, the All Souls church has been feeding 300 people dinner Monday nights. It takes over 100 volunteers a week to make that happen. But this fall I have practice for my school play on Mondays, so I haven’t been able to volunteer with Jack in quite a while.
But I found another way to give help the soup kitchen: donating takeout containers and plastic silverware. This way people who go to the soup kitchen can take leftovers with them when they leave. For some, it means sharing their food with someone who might ordinarily not eat.
My family doesn’t order a lot of takeout food, but it’s really no big deal to wash and save the containers when we get them. And somehow we always manage to collect a drawer full of plastic silverware.
We’re also happy to collect containers from our friends and neighbors who want to recycle.
It’s a win-win-win. The people at the soup kitchen benefit from extra food to take with them, the environment benefits from the recycling, and, of course, I feel good by doing something kind today.
Most people think helping a soup kitchen requires volunteering your time. That’s always good. But if you can’t, it still feels good to help the soup kitchen guests in another way.