Carpenter 1 Crews Give Secret Donation to Soup Kitchen

LAS VEGAS -- Dozens of the Las Vegas valley's less fortunate are getting help after the Carpenter 1 wildfire destroyed about 30,000 acres on Mount Charleston.

Many in the community stepped up to help the firefighters and now that the firefighters have left the mountain, they found a way to continue serving the valley.

Firefighters received more donations than they knew what to do with. There were seemingly endless piles of water and donated food and many firefighters said they were worried about it going to waste.

Instead, a group of the Carpenter 1 firefighters and volunteers quietly gave back to those who needed it most.

Las Vegas Rescue Mission kitchen manager Kathleen Quirk said she was stunned Saturday when the food arrived.

"The firefighters came and they brought like 300 apples and oranges," Quirk said. "They brought us like five or six cases of the egg burritos or the Jimmy Dean sandwiches."

Where the food really came from is still a mystery. The crews that brought it in didn't leave a name or ask for a receipt. All they said was that it came from Carpenter 1.

"She said they had an abundance of stuff out there that people up there donated -- Red Cross and everything -- you know, that they didn't need it any more," Quirk said. "So they gave it to the next best thing, is what she said."

Added John Fogal, the Rescue Mission's director of development, "I wish I knew specifically who we could say thank you -- but to the whole group, thank you."

Rosemary Stewart was on the streets just a few months ago -- addicted to drugs.

Today a resident at the Rescue Mission, she works in the kitchen and is using food donated by the Carpenter 1 firefighters.

"They have such a loving heart to help others," Stewart said. "They went through a tragedy helping others. And then they shared that, so we can help others in tragic situations as well."

The food helped fill more than 75 sack lunches.

The firefighters and volunteers did not want any credit for what they gave, telling the Rescue Mission workers they just wanted the food to go where it was most needed.


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