Fish Taco. Wahoo’s and the Lee family donate food and financialsupport, in addition to items such as clothing, Chief Executive MingoLee said.The Lees sold the soup kitchen’s building on 19th Street to Hatleberg in1997 at a steep discount.“That building used to belong to my parents,” Lee said. “We helpedthem get creative financing in place.”Ed Eaton, a semiretired Newport Beach mortgage banker, helped pay off the soup kitchen’s $33,000 mortgage.Santos’ mother, Teri Hatleberg, used to work for Eaton.Eaton and his wife were passionate about expanding the after schooltutoring at the kitchen. But founder Merle Hatleberg was “old school,”he said.“She didn’t want to expand the soup kitchen to the tutoring programuntil she paid off the debt of the restaurant,” he said. “My wife and Isaid, ‘We’re just going to pay off the mortgage.’”Corey Donaldson, who owns Costa Mesa-based Avalon Properties, leadsholiday fundraising for the soup kitchen.Donaldson also blogs about the soup kitchen and its guests.He helped raise money to revamp the soup kitchen office and plans for an “extreme kitchen makeover.” The soup kitchen has a small but loyalcadre of other supporters. A man known as “Hugh,” in his 80s, has sent$100 checks every month for the past 17 years.“We invite him to everything, but he never comes,” Santos said.