POSTED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 8:48am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Not everyone gets to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with their close friends and family...and that's why the Ozanam Center, with the help of La Iglesia Del Pueblo Pentecostal, provided those individuals in the Valley with a meal for the holiday.
"I, you know, confided in a couple of my brothers and sisters from my local church and they're the ones who spunned off in getting some things together for this particular day," said Ozanam Center service coordinator Lucie Hernandez.
"Well, I feel like if they weren't here they wouldn't be getting this meal," said volunteer Rafael Carrion.
"This is the season for people to give...you know, like the needy, because that's a lot of people who need, like, food and clothes and shelter," said resident Gaston Cardenas.
More than 60 residents enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pie. But, there was a slight twist that volunteers at the Ozanam Center weren't expecting.
To the surprise of Ozanam employees, there was a higher turnout of guests and volunteers than actual residents who stay at the shelter.
"Actually, this time I think I have a little more volunteers, yeah," said Hernandez. "Everything is fine you know, uh, everybody ate. The volunteers along with the local parishioners were serving our clients."
Despite the volunteers outnumbering the residents, several people expressed their gratitude to even be participating in the Thanksgiving Day event.
"It's important because we get to participate in activities," said volunteer Casandra Zavala. "I wanted to not stay home. Even though I was feeling sick, I came, and thank God I'm feeling better now. And it was very good. I would definitely do it again."
"People can be really mean, but people can be really nice," said Cardenas. "And it's just a good feeling. I feel blessed right now."
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.