The Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving feast for the needy was held at the Chamorro Village pavilion this afternoon.
Volunteers from across the island stepped up to serve the food, much of which was donated by island businesses and civic organizations.
Christie Flores, from Mangilao, said: “We got good turkey, as always right, stuffing, desserts. It’s good.”
Plates laden with tradition … turkey and ham .. mashed potatoes and stuffing … red rice and rolls … donated by the community for those in need
Greg Flores, of Mangilao, said: “I had it all. I’m so full. Can’t even move. It was awesome. God is good! All the time God is good! Amen.”
This was the 23rd year that the Salvation Army has sponsored this event and Major Tom Stambaugh emphasized they don’t do it alone.
“We do it because we recognize that throughout the year we have many blessings and we want to bring our partners together, our volunteers, and our donors who give us the food to share just a little bit of the goodness that we have here on Guam. It’s a community event. The Salvation Army hosts it but there is staff from our food donors. Everyone has a hand in making this a successful event,” Stambaugh said.
Flores said: “I guess I appreciate the Salvation Army and all it does because when my family had nowhere else to go we could come here. I feel like we’re at home.”
Volunteers from throughout the community gave up part of their holiday to serve.
Dr. Phillip Tutnauer, from Mongmong, said: “Well, I basically have my family, we’ll celebrate it a few hours later. At least we can help out the people in the local community that may not be as fortunate as I am.”
Iradera Carloto, USS Frank Cable crew member, said: “It’s a good opportunity to help out. That’s what it is. There’s a lot of us that need the help.”
Organizers said they expect to have served over 1,000 meals before the day was done.