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“$40k In 40 Days” — Heartfelt Holiday Campaign To Keep Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Open To Those Less Fortunate

December 08, 2009

Submitted by Stephanie Mack

In Season of Giving, Make a Difference by Supporting Local Food Kitchen Serving the Homeless

 

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Dec. 07, 2009) – While the rest of us worry about finding the perfect Christmas tree or the prettiest wrapping paper, there is a sizeable group of people in Orange County who have a simpler holiday wish: food and shelter. Determined to help these less fortunate individuals, local business owner Corey Donaldson has launched a dynamic campaign to raise $40,000 in 40 days for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. And thanks to a tremendously generous anonymous donor, any contribution of up to $10,000 will be matched, dollar for dollar.

            “We forget that there are plenty of people, right here in our own backyard, who desperately need our help,” said Donaldson, a Costa Mesa resident who began helping the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen last year when the organization was hard-hit by the downturned economy. “There are a lot of misperceptions about the type of people that benefit from the soup kitchen. These are people from cities including Costa Mesa, Newport, Irvine and Laguna Beach who are in a tough spot for some reason or another. Some are simply on a tight budget and can’t afford groceries, and others have lost their jobs due to the economic crisis.”

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            Currently, the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen serves more than 300 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, 10 percent are mentally or physically challenged and 15 percent are senior citizens.   

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