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‘Soup Ladies’ Travel From Washington To California To Bring Food To Wildfire First Responders

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

As wildfires blaze through California, firefighters and first responders are putting their lives on the line to protect people from the devastating flames.

Multiple fires are raging throughout the state right now, with the Camp Fire near Sacramento and the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles causing the most damage. According to CBS, the death toll has risen to 59, and dozens more are missing. These are the worst wildfires in California’s history.

The fires are destroying entire neighborhoods and communities, but first responders aren’t letting the flames deter them from their jobs.

To show support for the hardworking first responders, an organization from Washington state is traveling down to California.

The Soup Ladies are heading to Chico, California, where the Camp Fire has burned over 110,000 acres.

Ginger Passarelli, who used to own a restaurant, is the founder of the Soup Ladies, a nonprofit organization that serves hot meals to first responders during times of emergency.

Now she and her team are on their way to Northern California. They packed up their pink truck with everything they’d need to make homemade soup. Their motto is “Warming the world one bowl at a time,” and that’s exactly what they do.

In addition to feeding first responders, they also provide other necessities like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The Soup Ladies’ goal is to let the first responders know just how much they’re appreciated.

Footage provided by KCPQ Seattle 

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