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!!!
El Caldito Soup Kitchen
This team truly works as a team. Kathie is in charge of the cold foods and setting up the serving line. Sharon is in charge of the preparation of the hot foods and Julie creates her magic making the daily soup. Having said that…there is the rest of the team who works hard helping each of these three ladies to accomplish the task of the day.
ENJOY THE REST OF THESE PHOTOS CAPTURING the TEAM SPIRIT!!!
Our daily volunteers are the people who need to be thanked. We serve between 250-300 people daily. Without their continual help we wouldn’t be able to FEED THE HUNGRY in our community.
As you can see from the last few posts I have written, El Caldito has had the pleasure of working with a variety of people from students to employed and retired people. Today I’d like to share with you some photos and comments from a group of Chemical Engineering students, from New Mexico State University.
This engineering group of students is affiliated with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. They perform community service all over the city of Las Cruces, NM. They have assured me that they will be back and I will enjoy working with them again.
WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU DID FOR US…THANK YOU!!!