Roswell group prepares free holiday meals

Posted at: 11/21/2012 5:36 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Johnny Gonzales and a variety of Roswell volunteer groups and individuals have been working tirelessly to prepare for this year’s free Thanksgiving meal, where they expect 700-1000 people to attend.

“There’s lonely people, people that have no one,” Gonzales said, “And they can be with someone, and touch somebody’s heart, either by helping serve, or sitting down to eat.”

Volunteers from the Roswell Job Corps pitched in throughout the morning, moving and stacking boxes of canned goods.

“They just came and gave of their hearts, strictly from their hearts,” Robert Gibson, Roswell Job Corps Instructor said. “Not because they were told to, we just asked and they answered.”

“Thanksgiving is a time where everybody gets to feel special, when we give we feel special and we hope they feel just as good as we do,” Josh Torres of Roswell Job Corps said.

“We started packing and sorting the canned goods for the homeless,” volunteer Pablo Ramirez said. “Mostly why I wanted to come do this is because I'm part of this community, I'm from Roswell, and I know what it's like to be hungry... I wanted to give back.

One family from Christchurch came to wash and prepare dishes. Residents dropped off food and turkey throughout the days. Hospitals and restaurants cooked the turkeys and then brought them to the building where they’ll be served on Thanksgiving.

All are welcome to attend the free dinner. It will be held Thanksgiving Day from 11-2 at the 1620 North Montana.