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3rd Tuesday Team

August 31, 2014

El Caldito has many volunteers including many local churches who provide volunteers.  I have been trying to get into the kitchen on different days of the month to feature different groups of people. This post I’d like to highlight members of the 3rd Tuesday Team.  Shelli the Crew Chief for this team has graciously shared some thoughts with me. 

Crew Chief Shelli Davis

Crew Chief Shelli Davis

For over 20 years members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as Latter Day Saints or LDS or Mormon Church) have provided the crew for the third Tuesday of each month.  Our service crew is unique in that we pull volunteers from 8 separate congregations.  These 8 units called wards are assigned on a rotating basis. Our crew members are different each month, so in the course of a year we have 80 to 100 church members who donate 2 to 4 hours of their time at the soup kitchen.   Current crew chief Shelli Davis with help from long time volunteers EC Shaeffer, Alexis Brionas and dishwasher Eugene  McNeil,  work with our crew in  joyfully preparing and serving food to all who come.    We truly believe in these words found in Matthew 25:40 “…In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

 

Please enjoy  the following photos.

 

Joyce Soward and Helen Cooley

Ellen Shaeffer

El Caldito would like to thank all the people who give of their time on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

 

 

El Caldito Celebrates 30 YEARS!!!

August 21, 2014

El Caldito Board is very pleased to open their doors to the people who have made El Caldito Soup Kitchen a success.  Businesses have contributed, church groups have volunteered, NMSU students and faculty and Las Cruces Public School’s students and faculty have all been there to help.  Our local  military personnel from White Sands Missile Range  and Holloman Air Force Base have given their time too.  Individuals from all walks of Life have made our daily operations a success!!!!  Thank You!

 

The  El Caldito Board gathered in July to plan the future of El Caldito.

The El Caldito Board gathered in July to plan the future of El Caldito.

 

One of the events that they planned was the 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Betty and Julie  are working to prepare for the party.

Betty and Julie are working to prepare for the party.

 

Almost time to put the food out.

Almost time to put the food out.

 

Gabe and Lydia working on Spread for the Bread.

Gabe and Lydia working on Spread for the Bread.

 

Becky our Special Events Coordinator greets a Target Family who came to help set-up and enjoy the party.

Becky,  our Special Events Coordinator greets a Target Family who came to help set-up and enjoy the party.

 

The party was a success and we all look forward to another 30 years FEEDING THE HUNGRY in our community.

Enjoy the collage of photos!!!

The party begins and people are welcomed .

The party begins and people are welcomed.

 

Olga from the city council attends our event and is getting ready to hear the proclamation.

Olga, from the city council,  attends our event and is getting ready to hear the proclamation.

 

Gabe our PRESIDENT should be proud of all that he has accomplished with El Caldito Soup Kitchen.  He made it happen and is still guiding us each and every day.

Gabe our PRESIDENT,  should be proud of all that he has accomplished with El Caldito Soup Kitchen. He made it happen and is still guiding us each and every day.

 

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Conquistidor and Julie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are PROUD to  have given to our community.  Thanks to all who have made our first 30Years SUCCESSFUL and here’s to those people who will carry our mission forward for another 30 YEARS!!!

Second Sunday needs a few Volunteers

August 14, 2014
Chuck Pritchett getting ready to serve our clients.

Chuck Pritchett getting ready to serve our clients.

Chuck and his wife Sue have been crew chiefs on the 2nd Sunday of every month.  This past Sunday Sue was not feeling well and a few regular volunteers were out of town.  The team of about 6 people worked really hard preparing and getting food ready to serve at 11:30 AM. 

 

Delicious SALAD prepared by Helen.

Delicious SALAD prepared by Helen.

 

The serving line crew.

The serving line crew.

Merle, Julie and Helen greeted people with a smile and served our clients from 11:30AM until 1:00PM.

As we work hard as volunteers, we also enjoy each other's company.

As we work hard as volunteers, we also enjoy each others company.

 

Teresa and Jeff had their hands full washing dishes too.  Our dishwahser was not working well and they did everything by hand.  THE GOOD OLD FASHION WAY!!!

Teresa and Jeff had their hands full washing dishes too. Our dishwasher was not working well and they did everything by hand. THE GOOD OLD FASHION WAY!!!

 

One Dad and his son were among about 100 people who ate lunch with us on  Sunday.

One Dad and his son were among about 100 people who ate lunch with us on Sunday.

 

Thank you Roberto for taking care of our dining room.  We couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you Roberto for taking care of our dining room. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

This TEAM could use a few more people to help each 2nd Sunday.  If you are interested email Tonya at elcaldito@yahoo.com and give her your name and let her know.  

 

 

Highlights from El Caldito Soup Kitchen

July 16, 2014

First Tuesday Crew

 

Buz and Donna Bumgarner are the Crew Leaders and work with a wonderful group of people!!  The First Tuesday Team are primarily members of University United Methodist Church.  Members from our Church have assisted with the Soup Kitchen since its beginning , at St. Andrew’s  and at the present location. Some helped serve sandwiches from a pickup in the parking lot while El Caldito’s Kitchen was being finished. Our team is complemented by community service and members of other churches.

 

We appreciate these hard working people!

We appreciate these hard working people!

 

 

Buz working on the soup of the day.

Buz working on the soup of the day.

 

Donna Bumgarner, was out when the photo of this group was taken.  She and Buz organize the menu and enjoy working with this team.

Enjoy these photos.  If you know any of these people, be sure to thank them for their work and continued service to El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

Daily desserts are cut and put on trays to serve during lunch time.

Daily desserts are cut and put on trays to serve during lunch time.

 

Hal and Annette get the vegetables ready.

Hal and Annette get the vegetables ready.

We need to also thank our local farmers for the fresh produce they donate during the summer.

 

 

NOPALITO Restaurant celebrates 50 YEARS

July 6, 2014

On July 1, 2014, Nopalito Restaurant on Mesquite St. in Las Cruces, NM, celebrated 50 years.  The evening was even special for El Caldito Soup Kitchen, because MAMA Gallegos and her Family donated all the tips from their enchilada dinner to the kitchen. It was a busy evening with about 700 people attending…there could have been more, but Las Cruces experienced HEAVY Rains and thunderstorms.  Nobody complained about the rain, since we hadn’t seen any in MONTHS!!!   The doors were open at 5PM and  the line went down the street.

The doorman for the evening was Troy Scoughton, Sr.  He greeted people and let them go in as tables were ready.  The evening had couples , 4 tops, 6 tops and even larger groups.  It was so busy that twosomes teamed up with other twosomes and made new dinner friends.

 

Booths and tables were filling up.

Booths and tables were filling up. 

When the indoor was full, people were out on the patio eating.

 

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Wil Lamarre a board member, brought his wife Rose Marie one of our crew chiefs and Debby and Tom Holt regular volunteers down for dinner.

Wil Lamarre, a board member brought his wife RoseMarie, a crew chief and Debby and Tom Holt, two Wednesday voluteers to the dinner.

 

Look at the following photos closely and you might recognize some Celebrity Servers.

 

Gabe and Miguel helped serve people this evening.

 

 

 

 

Bob Gabe serving

 

 

 

 

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We even had a gentleman serenade the crowd.  What an awesome voice he had.   At the end of the evening he serenaded MAMA Gallegos too!!!

 

 

Bob Singer and Mama

 

What an evening we all had and everyone worked so hard.  We owe a lot to The Gallegos Family!!! 

Thank you!!!!

 

 

 

 

El Caldito Soup Kitchen would like to say go eat at NOPALITO RESTAURANT!!!  When you are there, thank them for hosting the Enchilada Dinner and donating to EL Caldito. 

The monies help us to FEED the HUNGRY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you from Baton Rouge Louisiana?

June 28, 2014

Volunteers near and far…yesterday we had a group from Baton Rouge, Loiusiana. El Caldito Soup Kitchen was pleased to have 5 wonderful gals from  OIKOS MINISTRIES, help us out all morning.   We are continually BLESSED with people who contact us and come and give of themselves.  THANK YOU!!

 

 

Great Workers!!

Great Workers!!

This group  has been in New Mexico for the past week, helping many people not just El Caldito.  They spent the morning with us preparing food, folding laundry and serving our clients.

Left to Right:  Abbey Allen, Lauren White, Hannah Allen, Shirley Persac  and Cathy Westfall.

 

Hannah

Hannah

 

Hannah and Lauren chop chicken for chicken salad.

Hannah and Lauren chop chicken for chicken salad.

 

Abbey does her part.

Abbey does her part covering our casseroles with foil.

 

Cathy helps put together one of the casseroles.

Cathy helps put together one of the casseroles.

 

Team Work!

Team Work…Cathy, Shirley and Abbey!!!!

 

Getting ready for serving our clients.

Getting ready for serving our clients.

 

Caring people, caring for others.

Caring people, caring for others.

If you are in our neighborhood next year, please come back and help us. 

You all did a GREAT JOB!!!!  THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Appreciation Dinner at El Caldito

June 24, 2014

June 14th was a special day for all Americans..the 200th birthday of our American Flag.  Many activities happened around our City.  We at El Caldito began early in the morning preparing our food for our annual Veterans’ Dinner.  We first need to thank Rebecca McNair, as our Special Events coordinator, she spent many hours organizing the day, finding chair people to cover the kitchen, dining room, decorations, food deliveries and many other tasks that happened behind the scenes.

Kitchen Crew

Kitchen Crew

 

Keep carving Richard!

Keep carving Richard!

 

Between Jeff and Richard our brisket made it to the serving table.

Between Jeff and Richard our brisket made it to the serving table.

 

Sonnie and Rose work on the salads.

Sonnie and Rose work on the salads.

Jerry helps decorate the tables with roses from Barb's Flowers.

Jerry helps decorate the tables with roses from Barb’s Flowers.

 

Everyone pitches in to set the tables.

Everyone pitches in to set the tables.

 

 

B.O.S.S. (Better Opportunities for Single Service Members) greet our Veterans.

B.O.S.S. (Better Opportunities for Single Service Members) greet our Veterans.

 

Onate Jr. ROTC cadets presented our Flag with respect.

Onate Jr. ROTC cadets presented our Flag with respect.

 

Jordyn did an outstanding job singing our National Anthem.

Jordyn did an outstanding job singing our National Anthem.

 

Colonel Ruthveen gave the Invocation.

Colonel Ruthveen gave the Invocation.

 

People are enjoying the meal.

People are enjoying the meal.

Sergeant Adan Benitez checks in a Veteran.

Sergeant Adan Benitez checks in a Veteran.

 

We Remember!

We Remember!

 

 

Serving our Veterans!

Serving our Veterans!

 

A special cake for our Veterans!

A special cake for our Veterans!

 

Everyone seems to enjoying the afternoon.

Everyone seems to enjoying the afternoon.

 

Gabe and Miguel show off our COLORS!

Gabe and Miguel show off our COLORS!

 

Onate Jr. ROTC did a nice job helping us today.

Onate Jr. ROTC did a nice job helping us today.

 

Soldiers from White sands Military Range did an outstanding job greeting and serving our Veterans!!!

Soldiers from White Sands Military Range did an outstanding job greeting and serving our Veterans!!!

 

There are lots of people and businesses to thank, but we can’t name them all.  We are blessed to live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a very giving community.  THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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