El Caldito Soup Kitchen was blessed with 5 hardworking students and one parent volunteer for the morning. These 6 people worked non-stop. However, this is just part of the story. Enjoy the photos of the work they did in our kitchen and read what the whole school did on November 7, 2014.
These students and their chaperone spent from 9 AM to 11:30 AM helping in our kitchen. They changed jobs periodically and did what ever we asked them to do. It is always nice when you work with a group of respectful and polite students.
Mesilla Valley Christian Schools is a K-12th grade private school celebrating 40 years in the Mesilla Valley. The Helping Hands Serve-a-thon is an annual event where the all the students K-12th grade, faculty, staff (and even some of the parents) volunteer in the community to perform community service. On November 7th, 2014 three hundred MVCS students and their chaperones participated in 23 very meaningful projects helping others across Las Cruces. The list of projects is below. It’s a great way for our students to learn the importance of helping others. The Serve-a-thon is also a fundraiser for our school in which families, friends, neighbors and corporate sponsors have generously donated to support our Serve-a-thon day.
Here is a list of our projects:
1. Kindergarten – Homemade cards for the Military Soldiers overseas
2. 1st grade & 6th Grade– Operation Christmas Child
3. 2nd grade – Making cards and singing at The Heritage Assisted Living
4. 3rd and 4th grade –Brown Bag Blessings for Aristocrats Nursing Center
5. 5th grade – Serving Lunch at Gospel Rescue Mission
7th-12 Grade students:
6. El Caldito Soup Kitchen
7. Casa de Peregrinos
8. Jardin de Los Ninos
9. Roadrunner Food Bank
10. New Covenant Fellowship -clean out the ditch that runs along their property
11. Golden Mesa & Good Samaritan(19- in choir singing and 17-band performing)
12. Bible Studies by Mail
13. Safe Haven Store
14. King’s Treasure
15. Mesilla Park Elementary / Cesar Chavez Elementary -25 student readers
16. Project Linus
17. Loaves & Fishes –
18. Codes Enforcement Center Yard work for the elderly
19. Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce –
20. East Side Senior Community Center – Make Thanksgiving center pieces with the seniors.
21. Habitat for Humanity Restore
22. Turning Point
23. Lunches for the homeless at Tent City
Congratulations to the school for really taking VOLUNTEERISM to a new level.
El Caldito appreciates your HELP!!!
It is not quite the holidays yet, but El Caldito is in need of some basic items that we use a lot.
Everyone has seen these products. This is just one item we need.
We serve a hot meal to all our clients Sunday through Friday. Saturdays meal is a sack lunch with 2 sandwiches, chips, cookies and a beverage. We also add fruit when we have it.
Thanks for volunteering Sandy!!!
Our working pantry needs to be replenished. Please help by donating the following items.
#10 cans of corn, green beans, pinto beans, pork and beans and hominy!!!
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we want to make everyone who joins us for dinner on November 27th from noon to 3PM as happy as this little girl was last year.
We will need apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, along with turkeys.
Please DONATE and help us follow our Mission to “FEED THE HUNGRY”
On September 17, 2014 at Sunny Acres RV Park the El Caldito Board hosted the annual Volunteer Picnic. It was a warm, fun afternoon with many volunteers in attendance enjoying the food and music.
ENJOY the candids of many of our volunteers! These are the people who make up our teams. It is their hard work that makes our kitchen run.
The music was enjoyed by all. We even had people dancing to the BEAT!!!
We are all looking forward to continuing to volunteer and to make this Soup Kitchen run forever!!!
Don’t look surprised Gabe.. you not only work and organize the soup, each and every Friday. You helped to organize Wednesdays. Rose Marie gives a great synopsis of just how these Wednesday people came to help.
THANK YOU Wednesday Volunteers and Crew Chiefs!!!
Cally Opens Her Pottery Studio
Cally Williams Pottery
331 Capri Arc
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
For the past couple of years Cally has opened her studio to local artists and friends to help glaze the bowls for the EMPTY BOWLS event. Don’t forget to buy your ticket from the following businesses or members of the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces or an El Caldito Board Member.
Bernina Sewing & Design Boudreau Jewelers &Gallery Cutter Gallery
Main Street Bistro Friendly Flowers Mountain View Market NM Spanish Kitchen
Save Mart Spirit Winds The Potteries (Mesilla) Color Your World
All these bowls will be on display at the Rio Grande Theatre on Main Street the night of the October Ramble. Mark your calendar for October 3rd from 5PM to 7PM. They are part of the Silent Auction. Make a bid and also buy a ticket to the EMPTY BOWLS EVENT and see if your bid wins the item.
SEE YOU at the EMPTY BOWLS EVENT on OCTOBER 17, 2014 from 11AM to 2PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The church is on the corner of Griggs and Alameda.
Friday, September 5, 2014, we found our building dark and out of power. We guess the STORM over night knocked it out. El Paso Electric and RT Electric, came to the rescue. However without power we went to plan “B”…Sack Lunches. Bob and Chuck began to get the tuna ready.
Words from Herb, our board member in charge of our physical plant.
While many people worked outside on the problem the Friday Team worked hard to get lunch ready by 11:30 AM!
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.
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.
El Caldito would like to thank all the people who give of their time on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.