Black Diamond-based Soup Ladies to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Led by Ginger “Mama” Passarelli, Sheila Lein, Jannelle Noller, and Diana Boxrz-Holt are headed to Rockaway Beach, N.Y. to cook and distribute meals for those who still remain without electricity or other amenities.

The Soup Ladies, based in Black Diamond, head to Rockaway Beach, N.Y. today to help feed those in need the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

According to a press release from Mountain View Fire and Rescue, the four ladies, led by Ginger “Mama” Passarelli, Sheila Lein, Jannelle Noller, and Diana Boxrz-Holt aim to prepare meals on a daily basis during their visit to areas that remain without electricity and other amenities, but the highlight will be Thanksgiving Dinner.

Other members of the Soup Ladies will stay in town to help feed first responders during emergencies that may happen in the area.

According to Passarelli, “Since we have been to many disasters, we are good at setting up emergency kitchens and cooking wonderful food. Good food is love and these folks I'm sure need that.”

The Soup Ladies mission is “Warming the World One Bowl at a Time”. They would appreciate any support that people may have to help them with their mission since they are a 501©3 nonprofit and are supported by a generous community. People may visit www.soupladies.org to donate to the group.

Mountain View Fire & Rescue are proud to support the Soup Ladies. "The group helps feed our firefighters during emergencies at no cost to the department. Ginger Passarelli is a chaplain for the department and is part of our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Shela Lein is also a member of our CERT which is trained to help the community in a disaster. We wish the team a safe and successful trip and hope they are able to give plenty of heartfelt love in each bowl and plate they serve."

You can follow the Soup Ladies on their journey on Twitter (#SoupLadies) and Facebook. Meanwhile, Mountain View Fire & Rescue will also be bringing locals updates on the ladies' work.



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