No One will be Turned Away
by: Pat Hernandez, November 25, 2009 10:11:02 pm
Volunteers were busy downtown setting up tents, unloading trucks with food and building an outdoor kitchen...getting ready for the The Waste Management Superfeast. Raj Sharma remembers when he first became involved:
"It was actually a philanthropy event, a service event for a new fraternity. I'm a founding father in Delta Epsilon Si out of UH and, after that first year in '96, just kind of kept with it. So we're out here, we set up I mean, it's the same crews that come out. So you know, you form a bond and relationship. Everybody's out here for the same cause and, I kind of have a hard time calling it a philanthropy event, as much fun as I have."
Attendees will be treated to a superfeast:
"Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, bread, gravy. It's just scrumptious and plus, we have wonderful wonderful desserts."
Tammy Bohon is chairwoman of the Superfeast. She helped first organize the event 24-years ago.
"I remember when we first started and we just served simple turkey, dressing and a few of the trimmings. We didn't have tables or chairs in the olden days. But now, we have tables, chairs, turkey dressing, all the trimmings. Its almost turned into somewhat more of a festival. We have musical entertainment, a children's area, clothing distribution."
Back then food was donated for the feast. Now, major sponsors have stepped in. Debbie Figueras-Cano handles community relations for Waste Management.
"We're actually able to buy our turkeys, so we know how they're handled and so we don't have to actually have people donate individual turkeys and things of that sort. What we're still looking for is, if people want to donate some clothing and warm blankets, because they will go to the folks at the Superfeast."
Wal-Mart is another sponsor. Employee Rob Bruhnke helps unload the giant refrigerated trucks packed with food. He says he wouldn't miss this time for anything.
"To us, it's something magical because we know what this is doing for the public. These are are own, we want to take care of them, and you can see the smile on their faces, they're coming up, they're asking us. We want to make them feel like we do care about them, and we all look forward it. It's going to a great cause."
A special children's area features two moon walks, games, arts & crafts and a visit from Santa Claus. But serving begins at 10am and organizers say no one will be turned away.