The restaurant has dubbed it ‘Giving Tuesday', but don’t get that confused with the National Day of Giving that happens in November.

This month, Tanya's Soup Kitchen is choosing to pitch in to help local charities at least once a week. Last year, the shop donated 20% of gift card sales throughout December to charity, but this year the team wanted to switch it up to help more organizations.

“Even before T (Tanya) passed, I really did believe that the title meant something. It wasn’t just a restaurant. What is a soup kitchen, but giving to the community," Tanya's Soup Kitchen Owner, Kelly Rae Leffel shared.

At Tanya’s Soup Kitchen on Douglas, both the customers and the community know the shop is all about giving back.

“It’s our little home away from home here," Leffel said.

“Supporting local is like one of the most important things to me, but supporting local that give backs to the community…. I feel like I give back to the community in that way," Tanya's Soup Kichen customer, Sama Duncan said. "If you want to support a local business that gives back to the community then go support Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.”

“Grilled cheese and tomato bisque... It's comfort food and that is another thing that I like to say... is we are nothing, but comfort" Leffel said.

Soups are the shop's thing and comfort and kindness are two main ingredients.

TSK has been around about 12 years. Kelly Rae Leffel has owned the shop for about 7 of those.

“To me, I really do feel like the title of our restaurant means something. We are a restaurant, but we are here for the community. We are here to open our doors for hospitality. To me, it’s not just about food. It's about bringing people together," Leffel said.

Leffel says at the end of every Tuesday, during this month (December), she will draw from a hat to see who will be receiving donations that day.

“We just want to be able to give back always to the community," she said. “...any little bit helps, no-matter what it is.”

A portion of the shop’s daily sales on each of those days (Tuesdays this month) will be donated. 

Those charities include, Wichita’s Littlest Heroes, Children's Miracle Network, Center of Hope and the Ronald McDonald House.

“I want them all to get a little love," she added.

She hopes customers who see the sign in her shop and who learn about what they are doing, will take away 'hope' and 'love' and will spread a little kindness themselves.

"That’s kind of what I run off of. I think everyone should have a little bit of that. Get rid of the Scrooge and have a little bit more cheer to the holiday season. I know how stressful it is. Trust me.. I've got caterings galore. So I want to be able to make sure that I still have a little something that inspires me as well and inspires other people," she said.

Leffel says she hopes to keep doing something similar to this each year.

The restaurant is located at 1725 E Douglas Ave in Wichita. 

Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the shop is open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., as well as 5-8 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays.