Firefighters save countless numbers of people across the world and put their lives at risk each time they respond to a call. And in many communities, up to 56 percent of firefighting personnnel are volunteers. Let’s show them our appreciation by dropping off an easy-to-make container of soup, abatch of cookies, or a delicious casserole. Firefighters and other first responders may have saved your life or the life of someone you love. Take some time this week to demonstrate your thanks!

Vegetable Soup

1 15 ounce can tomatoes (diced and low sodium)
1 15 ounce can extra-thick tomato sauce
2 14 ounce cans low-sodium vegetable soup or chicken broth
1 16 ounce bag thawed frozen or fresh chopped greenbeans
2 cups cabbage shredded
1 cup potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
2 whole bay leaves
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In large pot, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Heat on medium and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. If using a crock pot, cook on low for at least six hours.
Not a cook? Buy a bag of apples or oranges to drop off at the fire station. Or make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Send us photos of your time at the fire house to Or post photos on social media with the hash tag #servetheservant.