Today is Thanksgiving. It’s about giving thanks, coming together as a family for a special meal, and enjoying the start of the holiday season. And that…is exactly what went on at the Chamorro Village earlier today.
Guam – Many residents from around the island gathered at the Chamorro Village in Hagatna for the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Feast.
Salvation Army Guam Captain Mike Lutcher says, “This is our 19th year that the Salvation Army is putting on our Thanksgiving luncheon for the community so it’s people who are coming who may not have a meal or may not have finances to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. We asked the community to donate and bring their donations. Many donors cooked the food. We brought it all together and it’s just giving back out to the community.”
It was definitely a great Thanksgiving celebration from the delicious food, to the entertainment, to the festive decorations, and of course, the spirit of giving.
Yigo Resident Sam Roundtree says, “It’s a great opportunity to get out and give back to the community. My wife Yolanda and I do this every year and we look forward to it. Again, another opportunity to say thank you.”
Miss Pacificana 2015 Jaryna Anjelique Balbas says, “It’s an overwhelming feeling. I feel really humbled and it’s a really amazing feeling to help the homeless and those not fortunate enough to have a thanksgiving feast so it’s great to be a part of this event.”
Miss Queen of the Pacific 2015 Kylie Diosa Duenas says, “I’m definitely humbled. It’s a great opportunity for us to impact such as mass population and it’s the one event we can truly give back to the community in a way that’s so simple but they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
Lutcher says he’s so thankful for the many volunteers who helped put this event together. “I just want to say thank you to the Guam community. Since we’ve been here, we’ve been in charge of the Salvation Army for three years and we saw wonderful support giving their time, volunteering. We just couldn’t do it without them. From my heart, I just want to say si yuos ma’ase to all the people of Guam. Thank you for such a wonderful time for people to be celebrating their meal. We’re very thankful,” he says.
The Thanksgiving Luncheon is just one of the many projects the Salvation Army puts together for community during the Holiday season. Their other holiday programs include the Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution, Christmas Food Assistance and the Toy Shop. If you’d like to volunteer or donate, call the Salvation Army at 477-9878.