Today, I’m one of several Orange County bloggers that will be volunteering at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa, CA to serve a hot meal to the the hundreds of men, women, and children that come between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, for what is their only meal of the day. Organized by Marcy Massura, co-founder of BlogCrush,the blogger meetup is a way to give back during this season of giving and to honor the efforts of Corey Donaldson and the $50K in 50 Days campaign.
Currently, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen serves more than 450 guests per day, seven days per week. Meals are provided Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m., and a pancake breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday morning. Of those served, approximately 25 percent are families with school-aged children, 30 percent are homeless, 20 percent are working poor or unemployed, 15 percent are senior citizens and 10 percent are mentally or physically challenged.
The mission of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen is simple: to feed a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the mentally challenged, the physically challenged, the senior citizens and most important of all — the children. Driven by the belief that no one should go to bed hungry, on the street or otherwise, the soup kitchen provides a nutritious and tasteful meal to the less fortunate in the Orange County community; a meal that people would be proud to serve their family at home; a well-balanced meal made fresh daily consisting of vegetable soup, lettuce and fruit salads, hearty and filling side dishes, breads and muffins, dessert, milk and water. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Soup Kitchen provides this meal to guests in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere. For more information, visit www.someonecareskitchen.org
ABOUT $50K IN 50 DAYS:
In 2009, Corey Donaldson and his taskforce successfully spearheaded a campaign to raise $40,000 in 40 days for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen’s holiday programs. The campaign allowed Someone Cares Soup Kitchen to fill 450 backpacks with more than 14,000 items, host a holiday dinner for 1,200 and give away more than 3,000 new, unwrapped toys as well as support the soup kitchen’s ongoing programs, including its tutoring center for at-risk kids. This year, the team aims to raise $50,000 in 50 days.
CALL TO ACTION: To play your part in helping the less fortunate and show someone that you care, visit Someone Care’s Soup Kitchen $50K in 50 Days .
Also, tonight is the Annual Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Happy Hour Holiday Fundraiser at Chateaux Ultra Lounge. Along with an extensive assortment of complimentary appetizers, DJ Johnny Vegas will be spinning the tunes, you can bid on 50+ Silent Auction items, and be in on some big Secret Surprises! More than 300 great people with BIG Hearts will be in attendance and you should be one of them!
Wednesday, December 15 · 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Chateaux Ultra Lounge