The week of November 25th through 29th was a busy one. Cleaning turkeys, roasting turkeys and carving turkeys happened just before Thursday. With teams of people coming in to help everything got accomplished.
Thank you Julie Startz for your smile and patience and caring about making sure each volunteer knew who to report to on Thanksgiving morning. The morning was filled with people prepping vegetables, making salads, cutting pies and decorating our dining room. Thank you to my team leaders… Ann on vegetables, Teresa on salads, Herb on beverages, Kristin on desserts, Merle on decorating and Hank my co-chair in the kitchen. Thank you VOLUNTEERS you made it all happen.
Thank you Mr. Anaya for keeping me calm. It was quite a day with about 85 volunteers showing up on their shifts. Thank you dish washers and everyone for cleaning up after the event. We served 400 people and I feel everyone felt it was a special day to celebrate with family and new found friends.
Enjoy the collage of photos!!!
On Friday November 1st, we were joined by some great guys from Phi Delta Theta Fraternity from New Mexico State University. They arrived with smiles on their faces and didn’t lose their enthusiasm even though asked to do a multitude of jobs.
In this photo you can only see a partial grocery cart full of corn. That was only one of three carts full. With the extra help from the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, we were able to shuck 2 carts of corn and get it ready for the freezer.
Whenever, we get a group that comes in to volunteer on a Friday, Mr. Anaya trains one person to be his chief assistant. Chris took over that job checking and stirring the soup periodically so nothing stuck to the bottom of the pan and the flavors mingled.
Too bad Alex has to go to classes each day, because I need a good dishwasher daily.
Gabe Anaya is a great role model for many Fraternity groups. Thank you Gabe!
Chris and Mohammad sort out the beans , so Mr. Anaya can cook beans for Sunday lunch.
We want to THANK the fraternity brothers from Phi Delta Theta for all the work they did for us!!!
El Caldito Soup Kitchen is grateful to all the groups that volunteer. As volunteer coordinator, I am receiving emails and phone calls from businesses who want their employees to volunteer, church youth groups, university clubs, fraternities, faculty members who require volunteer service hours for their students, home schooling families, schools, individuals, retired people requesting to help, military bases and social organizations. It is a wonderful situation to be in. My goal is to create opportunities for as many people as possible and if I am unable to provide a slot in our schedule to help, I will suggest other non-profits. Enjoy the this collection of PHOTOS!!!!
We appreciate all your HELP!!!
This year the Las Cruces Sun-News agreed to sponsor El Caldito Soup Kitchen for their major events. We appreciate this support in getting the word out about what we do and how we go about FEEDING THE HUNGRY!!!
The first event, was their coverage of our Veterans Appreciation Dinner held in June of this year.
The next event was the coverage of the before and after EMPTY BOWLS, with photos and articles by S. Derrickson Moore and Matlin Smith. We certainly appreciated the SAVE the DATE advertisement that they ran in their Sunday paper.
We are now planning our Thanksgiving menu and look forward to the SAVE the DATE advertisement. We appreciate what the staff at the Las Cruces Sun-News has done for us in the past and we know they will help promote Thanksgiving and Christmas in the upcoming two months.
THANK YOU for helping us to FEED the HUNGRY!!!
On October 4, 2013, before serving lunch to our clients, we opened our doors to all who wanted to enjoy an hour of music. The concert was sponsored by the Las Cruces Friends of the Piatigorsky Foundation. Board member of the Piatigorsky Foundation and pianist Richard Dowling entertained the people.
Mr Dowling appears regularly throughout the United States in solo recitals. Today he played his rendering of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”
Some of the other selections played were by Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven and Doucet.
We want to thank Mr. Richard Dowling for sharing his talents with us. One song that was enjoyed by many was ” The Entertainer.”
Mid September Josh Daeche emailed El Caldito that some of the members on the NMSU basketball team were wanting to help out in the kitchen. What a treat to have them there. It turned out to be a hectic morning. We were short some regulars and they jumped right in to fill the need.
Our counters were a little short for Sim, but we heard no complaints.
Dish washing and drying is not a task that people like to do. However, this group did a great job and it was appreciated.
Roasted chickens were donated so KC helped skin and chop the meat, so that we could freeze it for soup and casseroles.
Next it was time to open our doors. Before we let people in we told them we had a treat for them today…members of Coach Marvin Menzies‘ basketball team would be there working the serving line. You should have seen the expression on the kids’ faces when they came through. Many adults stopped and spoke with the players as they picked up their lunches.
Can’t wait to meet more team players on the next 4th Saturday in October. It was a pleasure working with them. Coach Menzies, you can be proud of your boys. Thank you !!!!
On September 24, 2013 a neighborhood group of Friends gathered at Barbara William’s home to help paint bowls for the EMPTY BOWLS event on October 18th from 11AM to 2PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Barbara is the vice president of the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. She set out bowls to paint and glazes to paint with. This neighborhood group as been meeting for several years on a monthly basis. This month it was fun watching the ladies create different designs on each of these bowls.
Each person had a different idea and began painting with a variety of colors.
El Caldito wants to thank all of the ladies from Silver King, Mother Lode and Cripple Creek out in the Talavera area of Las Cruces for taking the time to paint these bowls. Look for them on the tables when you attend lunch during EMPTY BOWLS. All proceeds HELP TO FEED THE HUNGRY!!!! Now ladies enjoy your desserts and beverages. It was a pleasure joining you today.