The first thing we had to do was prepare for breakfast. We split up in groups and had different jobs. One group was responsible for setting up tables and, chairs, while another group was cutting long heroes into small pieces, and others were filling up containers with sugar coffee. We helped set up for the hot chocolate, coffee, cereal, breads, danishes, pastries, and fruits for breakfast as well. There were almost 50 people waiting patiently in chairs to be served. We called the people in to eat in groups where they sat at tables to enjoy breakfast.
After the breakfast, we immediately started to prepare for lunch. As we were cleaning up breakfast and preparing for lunch, more people came and were waiting to eat lunch. We learned how to make tuna salad, mixing Tuna with salt & pepper, celery, mayonnaise, and mustard. We made 4 trays of Tuna salad and started preparing egg salad. Again, we learned the process to make egg salad which is by by smashing the boiled eggs on a tray and adding salt and pepper, mayonnaise, and dressing. We also prepared salad, helped prepare the meat-loaf, chocolate cakes, chocolate fudge, and drinks. We helped with mopping the floors, taking out trash, washing dishes, picking up garbage and cleaning around the lobby. We also helped carry food out from the kitchen to the serving area.
We felt very comfortable working with the volunteers there as they have been doing it for years. What was even more surprising was that the organizers were aware of our Jama’at and our dedication toward serving the country and people. We would like to thank Nadeem Malik who coordinated this soup kitchen trip and for his continuous support with blood drives, soup kitchens, and other Khidmat-e-Khalq activities.
We are also looking into soup kitchens in Queens so it is convenient for Khuddam participating from Queens. Inshallah we will be holding a blood drive in the next month and participate in another trip to the soup kitchen as well.