Twenty one years ago, Merle Hatleberg felt a calling to feed the hungry. The woman with a heart of gold harkened back to her West Virginia coal-miner roots and couldn't fathom letting the poor go without a good meal.
What transpired was a long-lasting mission and the creation of the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.
The name says it all. That someone who cared was Hatleberg.
But she wasn't the only one. Hatleberg's kindness and compassion touched many, rich or poor. She commanded a legion of volunteers who came from far and wide to assist in helping the poor of Costa Mesa.
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were always a busy and special time at the soup kitchen. Hatleberg, a mother of eight, and her volunteer army always made sure that those less fortunate still had all the trimmings and gifts.