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.
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!
One of the events that they planned was the 30th Anniversary Celebration.
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!!!
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!!!
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.
Merle, Julie and Helen greeted people with a smile and served our clients from 11:30AM until 1:00PM.
This TEAM could use a few more people to help each 2nd Sunday. If you are interested email Tonya at email@example.com and give her your name and let her know.
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.
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.
We need to also thank our local farmers for the fresh produce they donate during the summer.
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.
When the indoor was full, people were out on the patio eating.
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.
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!!!
What an evening we all had and everyone worked so hard. We owe a lot to The Gallegos Family!!!
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!!!
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!!
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.
If you are in our neighborhood next year, please come back and help us.
You all did a GREAT JOB!!!! THANK YOU!!!
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.
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!!!