Where did the idea of a soup drive come from?
Chrissie: We decided on soup because, unlike a can of corn, soup is a meal. It can be lunch; it can be dinner. It’s warming, and there is a wide variety of options people can choose to donate.
It’s also kind of punny. One can make a difference. It's a can; it makes a difference. It really brings attention to what we were trying to do.
What goals did you have for the project?
Ella: I told my mom I wanted to help feed at least five families.
Chrissie: As a mom, my goal was to bring her friends and family out to celebrate her since we weren't able to have a typical celebration, but also to do some good. If they brought soup, that was
awesome, but I really was looking for her to connect with her people. I knew they would bring soup, but Ella and I both underestimated how much people would bring.
Ella: I didn't know that everyone from my school would come. I saw people I didn’t really know, people that I just knew from class, but didn’t talk to a lot—they all came and donated.
Chrissie: People opened their trunks and they had 10 bags of soup, that we had to get a push cart to unload. I thought people would bring a can or two—not 50! We're actually still getting
deliveries of soup at our house, which we will take to JFS.
“Even when you're 12, you really can make a huge difference. It feels great. And I am always glad when we can inspire others. I told Ella that it's our job as a
community to look out for each other.”
— Chrissie Blatt
Why do you think this project connected so strongly with people?
Chrissie: I think people are searching for a way to connect, and they’re really looking for someone to pull them in and tell them how they can connect.
Ella: There are so many problems right now. So many people are struggling to afford to buy groceries, and I also think there are a lot of people who are looking for ways to help.