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Mesilla Valley Christian School Helps Out in a BIG WAY!!!

November 10, 2014

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.

THANK YOU!!!  L-R  Joe, Dalton, Zach. and Jeremy Mrs. Rig and Abby

THANK YOU!!! L-R Joe, Dalton, Zach. and Jeremy Mrs. Rigg and Abby

 

 

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.

 

We kept these two students busy drying dishes.

We kept these two students busy drying dishes.

 

We prepare salads daily, so tomatoes needed to be cut.

We prepare salads daily, so tomatoes needed to be cut.

 

More salad prepping.  Fresh green beans adds a touch of crunch to our salad.

More salad prepping. Fresh green beans adds a touch of crunch to our salad.

 

 

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!!!

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD…..

October 20, 2014

It is not quite the holidays yet, but El Caldito is in need of some basic items that we use a lot. 

Cans of Tomato Sauce

Everyone has seen these products.  This is just one item  we need.

Meals 2

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.

Sandy with her sack lunches

Thanks for volunteering Sandy!!!

Howie in the pantry

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!!!

Thanksgiving2013 Happy girl eating

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.

Thanksgiving 2013 Pies

We will need apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, along with turkeys. 

Please DONATE and help us follow our Mission to “FEED THE HUNGRY”

Volunteer Picnic 2014

October 2, 2014

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.

 

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The first song they played was "Oh Donna" a favorite of mine.

THE ECHO BAND… The first song they played was “Oh Donna” a favorite of mine.

 

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.

 

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The music was enjoyed by all.  We even had people dancing to the BEAT!!!

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Gabe Chavez our LEADER, welcoming everyone to the party.

Gabe Chavez our LEADER, welcoming everyone to the party.

 

 

Letha Rushing Chair of the Empty Bowls fundraiser, asks everyone to buy a ticket.  This is El Caldito's major fundraiser. We appreciate the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces for sponsoring it.

Letha Rushing Chair of the Empty Bowls fundraiser, asks everyone to buy a ticket. This is El Caldito’s major fundraiser. We appreciate the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces for sponsoring it.

 

 

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We are all looking forward to continuing to volunteer and to make this Soup Kitchen run forever!!!

Wednesdays…Crew Leaders: Anaya, Levasseur, and Cleveland!!!

September 20, 2014
Gabe Anaya always giving...here at El Caldito.

Gabe Anaya always giving…here at El Caldito.

 

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.

“Board member Gabe Anaya guides the diverse group of volunteers on Wednesdays.  The backbone of the group has been there a few years.  RoseMarie Levasseur and her husband Wil Lamarre…..also a board member…..have been there 9 years since moving from Maine.  They walked in one Wednesday and Gabe put the handcuffs on them!!  Locals and members of St. Andrews church, Bob Cleveland and Richard Hiss have been there 8 years…..best gophers in Las Cruces!!  Debby and Tom Holt moved from Illinois.  Gabe nabbed them 5 1/2 years ago when they walked in one day too.   The gleaners play an extremely important role by arriving mid morning with choice morsels from various parts of the city.  Together this group will work miracles to guarantee a meal just like mom used to make!  Our goal is to provide a well balanced meal with the maximum amount of nourishment.
Snowbirds, Diane and Robin Fovargue from Canada and Karl Teggert from Chicago are sorely missed in the summer months.  Gene and Daniel can be counted on to wash our sticky pots and dirty dishes!  Dear Conchita is always there quietly putting trays together and serving up dessert.  We round out our crew with several drop in volunteers and community service.
Our motto is always smile and be pleasant.  You never know when you may be on the other side of the food line!!”
Bob Cleveland and Rose Marie do their part to create dishes and may things flow smoothly on Wednesdays.

Bob Cleveland and Rose Marie do their part to create dishes and make things flow smoothly on Wednesdays.

 

Today, Dick Hiss is serving up the soup.

Today, Dick Hiss is serving up the soup.

 

Hard Boiled Eggs and Sushi!!!

Marvin with the Hard Boiled Eggs and Sushi!!!

 

Sandy usually works Fridays, but this Wednesday she adds an extra hand.

Sandy usually works Fridays, but this Wednesday she adds an extra hand.

 

That dessert looks GOOD!!!

That dessert looks GOOD!!!

 

Gabe organizes and cooks too!!!

Gabe organizes and cooks too!!!

 

THANK YOU Wednesday Volunteers and Crew Chiefs!!!

Cally Williams Helps …EMPTY BOWLS!!!

September 20, 2014

Cally Opens Her Pottery Studio

Cally gets more glazes out for people to se.

Cally gets more glazes out for people to use.

 

Cally Williams Pottery

331 Capri Arc

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

(575)  526-5250

callywill@hotmail.com

Las Cruces Art Association members help out.

Las Cruces Art Association members help out.

 

Steve Binks adds lots of color to his bowl.  Can't wait to see what it looks like after it is fired.

Steve Blinks adds lots of color to his bowl. Can’t wait to see what it looks like after it is fired.

 

Glaze Chips helps the artist know what the fired color will look like.

Glaze Chips help the artist know what the fired color will look like.

 

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

Kathy Groves is concentrates on her design.

Kathy Groves concentrates on her design.

 

Molly Wilkerson creates a vibrant design.

Molly Wilkerson creates a vibrant design.

 

Rosario Jeremias has a theme in mind.

Rosario Jeremias has a theme in mind.

 

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.

 

 

SLEET, SNOW, DARK of NIGHT…WE’LL ALWAYS SERVE OUR CLIENTS RIGHT!!!

September 6, 2014

POWER OUTAGE!!!

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.

Just a little light from the window.

Just a little light from the window.

Words from Herb, our board member in charge of our physical plant.

The heavy rain caused a short in the power lines running from the main transformer to the building where El Caldito resides. El Paso Electric was very responsive, quickly determining what happened then advising us on what we needed to do to fix the problem. The Community of Hope rallied bringing the city maintenance over to figure out what was the best way to restore power. Since replacing the power lines was going to be very time consuming, they immediately looked for a portable generator. As you can see in the pictures, it’s not a small generator. All our refrigerators, ice machine, freezers, HVAC units consume a significant amount of power. RT Electric swarmed in to attach and bring up the generator giving us power about 12:30. A very big thanks to the folks at El Paso Electric, the Community of Hope, Las Cruces maintenance, and RT Electric, what a team!!!
Checking out the problem.

El Paso Electric workers checked out the problem.

 

El Paso Electric Cherry Picker Truck

 

RT Electric begins to hook up the generator.

RT Electric began to hook up the generator.

 

The Generator works...YEAH!!!

The Generator worked…YEAH!!!

 

While many people worked outside on the problem the Friday Team worked hard to get lunch ready by 11:30 AM!

Tuna Fish!!!

Tuna Fish!!!

 

Donna with Tomatoes

Donna’s job on the assembly line was to add the tomatoes to the tuna sandwiches.

 

 

Jeff has the donut table under control.

Jeff had the donut table under control.

 

 

This little toddler seems content having lunch with Dad.

This little toddler seemed content having lunch with Dad.

 

Nancy and Dotty pass out cups and chips.

Nancy and Dotty passed out cups and chips.

 

 

Sandy with Lunch Sacks

Sandy filled the lunch sacks with 2 sandwiches.

 

 

Sylvia, greets our clients with a SMILE!!!

Sylvia, greeted our clients with a SMILE!!!

 It really did seem like it took a village to keep our operations at El Caldito working smoothly!!!  We would like to say Thank you to everyone who helped us out on Friday!!!

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

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

 

 

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