June 10, 2010
A local family known for its popular, surf-themed taco restaurants will be honored Saturday for its history of community service to a Costa Mesa soup kitchen. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen selected the Lee family, owner of Irvine-based Wahoo's Fish Tacos, as honorees at the soup kitchen's annual gala. The Lees have contributed thousands of dollars in donations and countless hours of service to the soup kitchen over the past decade, even sponsoring the Someone Cares team at the Orange County Marathon.
February 19, 2010
Isabelle von Boch, an eighth-generation family member of Villeroy & Boch, an internationally known dinnerware line, will be at South Coast Plaza today from noon until 4 p.m. Von Boch’s appearance will benefit the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, a charity in Costa Mesa. You can trade your old dinnerware and accessories for better ones at the Villeroy & Boch store and have von Boch help you select your new ones. The dinnerware you bring in for exchange will be donated to the soup kitchen and $3 will be taken off every new piece you buy. For more information, call the Villeroy & Boch store at (714)
December 19, 2009
About 200 volunteers gathered at a Costa Mesa car dealership on Saturday to wrap Christmas presents for needy children and stuff backpacks full of goodies like magnifying glasses and pill boxes for senior citizens. “It feels good to help people who aren’t as fortunate as the rest of Orange County this Christmas and let them know that they aren’t forgotten,” said Costa Mesa Resident Gena Van Horne, who volunteered her time on Saturday to wrap toy cars and Barbie dolls for local children.
December 8, 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.
November 28, 2009
Corey Donaldson is hoping to raise $40,000 in 40 days to help those in need. And until Dec. 10, any amount you donate will be matched up to $10,000 by a donor who has elected to remain anonymous. This is the anonymous donor’s second year of donating $10,000. Donaldson began helping the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen a year ago when the organization was struggling to raise enough funds for its holiday programs. Donaldson vowed to raise $30,000 in 30 days. With the help of donors, family members and friends, he raised enough to help the soup kitchen donate 400 backpacks filled with basics essentials for the homeless, 800 backpacks filled with toys and gifts for the unfortunate, and to serve 1,200 people at the dinner.
November 24, 2009
Executives from Newport Beach-based Integrity Wealth Management, will help serve a Thanksgiving Eve meal today at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The executives will peel potatoes, prepare cranberry salad and dish out food for about 325 needy families during the lunch from 1 to 2 p.m. Integrity Wealth Management Chief Executive Ralph G. Adamo, helped out at the kitchen for the first time during last year’s pre-Thanksgiving meal. Some 800 needy people are expected to line up at the kitchen.
September 25, 2009
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church and the Hoag Hospital Foundation have committed to donating $20,000 this year to the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. The soup kitchen, which serves hot meals on a daily basis to needy people in Costa Mesa, has seen a drop in charitable donations in the past year because of the bad economy. The Rev. Brad Stienstra of Newport Harbor Lutheran gave the soup kitchen a check for the first installment of $6,000 on Thursday.
August 10, 2009
An influx of funding in the past few days has helped Costa Mesa’s Someone Cares Soup Kitchen raise thousands of dollars, but the Westside charity is still dangerously close to running out of money, according to Executive Director Shannon Santos. She sent out an e-mail to supporters in the middle of last week and a letter Friday saying the nonprofit had only enough cash in the bank to sustain its operation for about two months. Despite a surge in donations in the days since the pleas went out, that figure has not changed much, but the increased giving has raised the director’s morale.
August 4, 2009
Here is an e-mail our family received Tuesday from Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. We are sending in our contribution and encourage others to do so as well: “We’re writing this emergency letter because we are in dire need of help in order to keep the soup kitchen and tutoring program open. “Times are extremely hard, both for nonprofits and for the people they help. Right now, we are down to less than two months operating funds in the bank when normally we have at least six. We are cutting costs in every way possible, from rewashing sorely used mop heads instead of replacing them, to having our small staff, from dishwasher to director, agree to a pay cut. Next will come reducing the number of hours we are open.
July 15, 2009
A 69-year-old Costa Mesa transient is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges that he tried to hit a local soup kitchen employee with a giant stick. Joseph Tinnirello, 69, is in Orange County Jail in lieu of $500 bail after police said he tried to hit a Someone Cares Soup Kitchen employee with a 4-foot-long square wooden pole. Tinnirello was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, 720 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, where an employee had tried to keep him from scavenging in the back of the building.