Thousands To Be Served Thanksgiving Meal At City Hall

Some 20,000 people are expected to be fed tomorrow morning in the annual Thanksgiving Superfeast at Houston City Hall downtown. Organizers say the annual event is more than feeding the homeless and less fortunate.

Superfeast volunteers setting up for the annual event, waited patiently at the reflection pool at City Hall for vendors with the popular farmer's market to leave. Raj Sharma has been involved for 15 years. He says there's a reason why it's called Superfeast:

"We've got roughly 9,000 pounds of turkey that are going to be served up, 400 pounds of gravy, and then we've got stuffing; we've got corn; we've got cranberry and we got bread — and we'll have deserts. I mean, it's a full meal. You're not gonna come and just get a slice of turkey and say, 'Hey, Happy Thanksgiving.' No, we're gonna prep all the food here at City Hall, and we're gonna serve everybody. I believe, give or take, it's about 20,000 people."

This is the first year without the late Tammy Bohon, who helped organize the event more than 25 years ago.

"This was her baby. I mean, this was her brainchild and she had been involved with it for so long, and she did it so well. I think that a lot of us that had been here year-after-year and working with her, it's our goal and our mission, to maintain it, if not, take it to the next level, because that's what she would want. Every year, she wanted it bigger and better, and she wanted it serving more people. And that's what we're gonna do."

Theresa Sauls: "When we received the news, we were just awestruck."

Theresa Sauls is with Waste Management, one of the principle sponsors to Superfeast. She says Tammy Bohon laid a good foundation that brings out the best in everyone involved.

"Tammy just played such a huge role in putting this whole event together, and trying to copy what she has done over all those years has been a little tough. So we're hoping that we can at least pull off you know, close to what she has done for us in the past."

PH: "Well, I'm gonna say Theresa that she will be here!"

Sauls: "Yes, in spirit, very big indeed. I totally agree."

She says besides a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimming, the event will offer something for everyone, young and old.

"We have the clothing and blanket distribution tent. We'll have the WM Family Area, where kids can pictures with Santa, and they can do crafts. We've invited Search Homeless Services, along with United Way, to offer information about their services and programs to attendees."

City Halll reflection pool sideSauls says she looks forward to the Superfeast, an event that leaves her with a feeling that's hard to describe.

"I can't put words to it. It's so rewarding to serve the folks in the community, and just to see the smiles on some of their faces, that's a good feeling."

Serving begins after the opening ceremony at 10am at the City Hall reflection pool.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...