Volunteers Prepare For Houston's Annual Thanksgiving Feast Estimated To Feed 20,000

The big kitchen on the third floor at the Brown Convention Center is crowded with volunteers helping to prepare the traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings.

Stephanie Lewis is the City Wide Club Regional Director.

"We know before the end of the day tomorrow, we will have made over 7,000 pounds of dressing, about 6,000 pounds of vegetables, including green beans, sweet peas, corn, sweet potatoes, probably it'll be more like 10,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, turkeys, we'll probably do about 8,000 pounds worth of turkey."

The Big Feast by City Wide Club and the Super Feast by Waste Management joined together last year to create the annual Thanksgiving Day Big Super Feast. But it's not just a free home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner that will be offered.

"We'll have a complete medical center set up with free medical exams and free screenings, haircuts, clothing, household items, coats, jackets, sweaters, free phone calls, a kid's zone for the children, pictures with Santa. There'll be a lot going on."

Thanksgiving Day Big Super Feast prepThe effort that culminates in the meal began at the beginning of the year, and Lewis says the generosity of Houstonians is amazing.

"We sent out the plea and let people know what we need, and Houston always shows up. Whether it's a corporate gift, individual gift, organizations who sponsor food drives or clothing drives or toy drives, it just all comes together."

The volunteer effort plays a huge role in that.

Jack Little brought his family to help make a difference to people not as fortunate.

"We're very thankful for all that we have, and just wanted to try to give back to those that may not have the same sort of blessings that we have, and just try to maybe brighten their Thanksgiving." 

Hernandez: "What is the satisfaction you're going to get?"

Jack Little: "That somebody can sit down and have a nice hot meal, and be thankful for everything that they have."

His wife Jill says last year was spent with her parents, but:

"We've been meaning to do this for many many years and we have three children, and they were younger through the years. And now that they're a little bit older, we wanted to have them be a part of this, and see what needs exist outside of the little bubble that we live in."

Doors open at the George R. Brown at 10 a.m., and the meal will be served shortly after they open.

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