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Las Vegas restaurants offer free meals to people affected by nearby wildfires

As smoke from the wildfires fills Las Vegas, the kitchen at Hotel Castañeda stays busy. They feed first responders and evacuees from the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire. Sean Sinclair is the chef and owner of Bar Castañeda, since the start of the wildfires near Las Vegas, New Mexico, he began raising funds to feed the evacuees. “Hopefully we will expand our meal times soon and expand our breakfast and meal options soon,” Sinclair said. Support for the initiative comes from people near and far. Including an international non-profit organization called World Central Kitchen. Sinclair said, “Not only are we combining our efforts with them, but they’re setting up a kitchen in Santa Fe to cook take-out meals and they’re going to deliver them to places where people are displaced.” He added: “It’s been overwhelming that people are filled with gratitude and it’s moving that there were tears and for good reason.” Another local business owner, Isaac Sandoval of The Skillet, is also getting involved. Sandoval said, “(There are) a lot of new faces in town, like, where are all these people from? And then you realize they’re moving to town because they’re getting closer and closer because of the fire. People who get free meals take it all. Country Acres resident Angelique Martinez said, “My heart is breaking for everyone right now. It hurts all your memories, you don’t know what to take away. It’s just your house. I have my car full of stuff. The day Martinez planned to leave his home was the same day evacuations were put in place. Martinez said her young daughter was struggling. “She’s not doing too well, she’s very emotional right now, she’s scared. I’m doing my best to reassure her that everything will be fine,” Martinez said. Despite the uncertainty, New Mexicans can still enjoy a meal together. “It’s a small community and I think our community has come together to help everyone who has been affected by this fire,” Martinez said. If you would like to volunteer or donate money to feed evacuees from the fire, click here.

As smoke from the wildfires fills Las Vegas, the kitchen at Hotel Castañeda stays busy.

They feed first responders and evacuees from the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire.

Sean Sinclair is the chef and owner of Bar Castañeda, since the start of the wildfires near Las Vegas, New Mexico, he began raising funds to feed the evacuees.

“Hopefully we will expand our meal times soon and expand our breakfast and meal options soon,” Sinclair said.

Support for the initiative comes from people near and far. Including an international non-profit organization called World Central Kitchen.

Sinclair said, “Not only are we combining our efforts with them, but they’re setting up a kitchen in Santa Fe to cook take-out meals and they’re going to deliver them to places where people are displaced.”

He added: “It’s been overwhelming that people are filled with gratitude and it’s moving that there were tears and for good reason.”

Another local business owner, Isaac Sandoval of The Skillet, is also getting involved.

Sandoval said, “(There are) a lot of new faces in town, like, where are all these people from? And then you realize they’re moving to town because they’re getting closer and closer because of the fire.

People who get free meals take it all.

Country Acres resident Angelique Martinez said, “My heart breaks for everyone right now. It hurts all your memories, you don’t know what to take away. It’s just your house. I have my car full of stuff.

The day Martinez planned to leave his home was the same day evacuations were put in place.

Martinez said her young daughter was struggling.

“She’s not doing too well, she’s very emotional right now, scared. I’m doing my best to reassure her that everything will be fine,” Martinez said.

Despite the uncertainty, new Mexicans can still enjoy a meal together.

“It’s a small community and I think our community has come together to help everyone affected by this fire,” Martinez said.

If you would like to volunteer or donate money to feed those evacuated by the fires, click here.