Manvel Community Outreach hosts 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast

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An estimated 1,200 guests received meals at Alvin’s Knights of Columbus Hall during the second annual Thanksgiving feast served by Manvel Community Outreach

The local charity group along with sponsor RainbowInternational of Pearland organized the volunteers and donors to pull off the event.

Chris Gonzalez of Nacho Nachos delivered 20 smoked turkeys and rounded up volunteers to spend hours cooking, baking and delivering food to those who could not attend in person.

Those who did attend received meals plus fellowship, a visit with Santa and crafts for the children and live music from Mickey Hobbs.

Manvel Community Outreach launched its first Mobile Pantry at the event, providing

groceries for 204 families to take home. The Mobile Pantry will continue each week begining

this Friday at Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin, with other locations to be determined.

One hundred “to go” meals were sent to the Manvel, Alvin and Pearland emergency services.

Food was also sent to the DeGeorge Center at Union Station in Houston which served 100 formerly homeless veterans who range in age from 28 to 100. Manuel Community Outreach was also able to send food to The Well food pantry in Manvel, to be provided to clients.

The Rev.Suzanne Smith of Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin opened the event with a prayer and

Manvel Mayor Debra Davison stood with Council member Lorraine Hehn to give a brief address. The Manvel Community Outreach Team included Rosario Parra, Cheryl Hood, Donna Dailey and Ed Carrette, along with Ruth Dietz, its president. Brittney Hood created a Sign up Genius website for volunteers. Brian and

Cheryl Hood and family of Rainbow International used their business to store and distribute items for the event.

Pictured are Alton and Ladene Rogers, and Manvel Community Outreach volunteers Donna Dailey, Ruth Dietz, and Cheryl Hood.
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