It’s day of giving for family, friends and the less fortunate.
Many gathered at the Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville to serve those in need.
They start with a prayer, and then it’s all hands on deck. Volunteers gave up some of their holiday time to prepare a thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate. Whether it was setting up a table or slicing up desert, this small group set out to make a big difference.
Libby Ordeman from the International Christian Center says, “We decided from last year that it would be really fun to also serve the people that are in this area on thanksgiving.”
Those that came for the meals are from different backgrounds. There’s the homeless, those that couldn’t afford to feed their families, and the lonely few. But today, it’s not about their tragic stories, it’s about sharing this special day with others.
“A lot of people come out to help. Everybody brings food, we serve it. We’re expecting 200-300 people today,” says Ordeman.
For some this was a much needed meal. Others simply didn’t have anywhere else to go. Such is the case for Manuel “El Sapo” Castellanos. He claims, “Well I’ve got nothing else to do, you know, just to come eat turkey for thanksgiving day.”
There were two lunchrooms and they filled up quick. Approximately 150 people were served. Many even got a second plate.
“Too many people stay on the streets, they don’t got no place to go to,” says Castellanos.
Some may not have a place to call home, yet these volunteers wanted to let them know they were not forgotten.
The settlement house closed its doors at 1 this afternoon.
The ICC volunteer group plans to serve their regular weekly meals this Saturday.