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Meet the Volunteers Feeding the Washington Mudslide Rescuers

April 3, 2014
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Meet the Volunteers Feeding the Washington Mudslide Rescuers
Soup Ladies serve up meals to Oso, Washington mudslide rescue workers. YouTube
The Soup Ladies demonstrate that even first responders need a helping hand.

Ever since a devastating mudslide hit Oso, Washington last week, rescue and recovery teams have been working hard to comb through the ruins. To date, the death toll has climbed to 28, with another 20 people still missing.

But it’s in these times of disaster that we are reminded of the incredible generosity and compassion of others.

As NBC News reports, a hardworking group of volunteers known as The Soup Ladies are providing fresh, homecooked meals such as Stroganoff over rice and chicken casseroles to fill the bellies of rescuers working at the site. According to their Twitter account, the group is now cooking 500 to 600 meals a day.

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For 10 years, this nonprofit has been sending meals to rescue workers at disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. But as the Good News Network notes, this time, the Arlington, Washington nonprofit is helping the responders right in their own backyards, as the Oso mudslide happened a mere 70 miles away.

“I would never want to do their job,” volunteer Ginger Passarelli told NBC News. “But I can cook.”

Regular people doing extraordinary things for people who need it most? Sounds pretty heroic to us.

If you want to help the Soup Ladies with their cause, go on this site to donate.

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