Helping the helpers: 'Soup Lady' serves hot food to first responders - New York News

Helping the helpers: 'Soup Lady' serves hot food to first responders

Updated:

By: Jamshid Ghazi Askar, WorldNow

As part of its Difference Maker series, the Christian Science Monitor chose Friday to profile Ginger Passarelli - the leader of a team of volunteers calling themselves the Soup Ladies who arrive on disaster scenes and serve thousands of hot meals to first responders who get stuck at remote sites for days at a time.

“Ms. Passarelli is a modern good Samaritan with a soup ladle,” Gail Wood reported for the Monitor. “Whenever there's an emergency, whether it's a house fire, a missing hiker, or a search for a criminal on the run, you can bet that Passarelli is there, feeding the firefighters, policemen, or search-and-rescue crews. … For rescue crews and other emergency responders in the Seattle area, Passarelli is the solution to a hungry stomach. When crews are out on call for several days, Passarelli and her band of Soup Ladies come to the rescue, serving hot meals to emergency response teams.”

Wood's article hinted at, but never fully addressed, Passarelli's faith. For example, the first time she volunteered at a disaster site was in 2005 when her “pastor asked for volunteers to fly to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.”

Even though much of her service takes place in the state of Washington, the Kent Reporter detailed two weeks ago that Passarelli and her Soup Ladies have been on-location to volunteer in the aftermath of natural disasters such as “Hurricanes Katrina, Gustov, Ike, and Sandy; California wildfires; a 2006 windstorm and 2009 flooding in Washington State; and the 2013 Oklahoma tornados.”

A 2011 article in the Covington Reporter included a photograph of Passarelli stirring pots of pasta with a sanitized shovel.

Recalling the shovel-stirring episode - which took place during May 2011 in Joplin, Mo., after a mile-wide tornado left a swath of utter destruction in its wake - Passarelli told the Covington Reporter, "We went to a store and bought two driveway turkey friers so we could cook pasta. I got back to the camp and we had nothing to stir the pasta with so I went back into the building and got a brand new shovel and sanitized it. We had nothing else to stir with. You do what you have to do."

More Stories

Good Samaritan note goes viral on Reddit

Unknown 'angel' priest prays with 19-year-old at accident scene

Missouri accident's mystery 'angel priest' revealed (+video)


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
  • Protesters gather outside Liam Neeson's home

    Protesters gather outside Liam Neeson's home

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:51:12 GMT
    The escalating debate over carriage horses in New York City has gotten personal. Dozens of protestors gathered outside actor Liam Neeson's Upper West Side condo on Saturday to take the issue right to his doorstep. Standing in a straight line outside the actors condo, demonstrators held signs criticizing Liam Neeson's position that city carriage horses should keep working.
    The escalating debate over carriage horses in New York City has gotten personal. Dozens of protestors gathered outside actor Liam Neeson's Upper West Side condo on Saturday to take the issue right to his doorstep. Standing in a straight line outside the actors condo, demonstrators held signs criticizing Liam Neeson's position that city carriage horses should keep working.
  • New protocol for NYPD officers responding to fires

    New protocol for NYPD officers responding to fires

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:49:11 GMT
    Police officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires.They’re now required to take the stairs when they enter structures that are burning.This follows the death of an officer earlier this month.Officer Dennis Guerra was overcome by smoke and carbon dioxide as he got off the elevator on the 13th floor of a Brooklyn building on April 6th. He died three days later.
    Police officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires.They’re now required to take the stairs when they enter structures that are burning.This follows the death of an officer earlier this month.Officer Dennis Guerra was overcome by smoke and carbon dioxide as he got off the elevator on the 13th floor of a Brooklyn building on April 6th. He died three days later.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices