Earlier this year, Jewish Volunteer Connection launched their Tailgate with a Purpose initiative. The idea? Families can do small acts of kindness while watching their favorite teams play — and make a huge impact on the community.
They put together Tailgate with a Purpose bags that contain ideas for simple acts of kindness: thanking first responders, collecting school supplies, or making cards for people that could use support. Bags not only contained ideas, but also contained questions for guiding discussion about volunteering and understanding the impact one person can make.
During our kid-friendly tailgate, JVC provided materials to have our attendees make soup kits for families in need of a warm meal. This low-cost activity ended up providing a warm meal for a dozen families. Total time? The same amount of time as a half-time show.
We love this activity because it works for all ages — toddlers to adult! A fun way the whole family can get together with your friends to help others in need.
Do good, feel good.
how to make soup kits
ingredients | materials
Lentils (2/3 cup for each kit)
Yellow Split Peas (2/3 cup for each kit)
Green Split Peas (2/3 cup for each kit)
Barley (1 cup for each kit)
Chili Powder (2 teaspoons for each kit)
Ground Cumin (2 teaspoons for each kit)
Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon for each kit)
Onion Powder (1 teaspoon for each kit)
Unwrapped Vegetable Bouillon Cubes (2 for each kit)
Mason Jars (1 per kit)
28 Ounce Can of Diced Tomatoes (1 per kit)
Put each ingredient in a container (you’ll need two containers each for lentils, yellow split peas, and green split peas). Arrange an assembly line so guests can easily make kits.
Have guests take a jar and create the layered ingredients: 1/3 cup lentils, 1/3 cup yellow split peas, 1/3 cup green split peas, 1 cup barley, 1/3 cup green split peas, 1/3 cups yellow split peas, 1/3 cup lentils, 1 teaspoons of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 2 unwrapped vegetable bouillon cubes. Top jar with lid.
After creating the kit, guests should decorate a tag to attach. Consider writing messages such as “Hope this soup keeps you warm!”
Attach tags to jar with ribbon.
Deliver kits to your local shelter or contact Alex Ade at the JVC office to drop off kits!
Part of cultivating a culture of kindness is reflecting on the idea of giving. Here are a few questions to ask your guests, courtesy of the JVC:
“The Chofetz Chaim, an influential Rabbi of the late 19th/20th century said, “The trip is never hard if you know you’re going ome.” What do they think about this quote? What does home look and feel like?”
A Sukkah is temporary structure that lets in the elements of heat, cold, rain, and wind. It is a home, but a temporary and insecure one. How does food make someone feel at home? What else can you do to help someone whose home may be temporary or insecure?