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H-E-B’s Feast of Sharing set for Friday

November 8, 2018

H-E-B is getting ready to serve thousands of people in its 26th-annual Feast of Sharing Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville.

“We’re super excited to invite the community to join us for a hot meal,” said Yvonne Loflin, senior public affairs specialist for the border region of HEB. “It’s a Thanksgiving-traditional meal that consists of turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, green beans, a roll, butter and, of course, pumpkin pie. We want to invite them all out to bring their family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a hot meal. We understand that during this time, many may not be able to afford a holiday meal and this is our way to giving back to our loyal customers as well as the community in need.”

The feast will also provide live entertainment from local high schools, mariachis and a live DJ.

Face painting, coloring pages for children and other activities will be available as well.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. with a formal presentation at 10:45 a.m.

Loflin said the event has been able to provide meals for thousands of people in the past and that H-E-B hopes to continue that tradition.

“(Last year), we served over 7,500 people, not including our home-bound events, which is where we deliver plates to people who aren’t able to come and join us,” she said. “We take them meals to their homes. That’s an additional 1,500. We always expect anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000. We hope that we could reach that goal and more this year.”

About 400 to 600 volunteers will be on hand to help during the event as early as 8 a.m. and leaving until 5 p.m.

Brownsville Metro will offer free bus rides to all residents or anyone seeking to attend the Feast of Sharing dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents wishing to attend the feast will be dropped off at the La Plaza at the Brownsville terminal.

Paratransit attendees will need to be dropped off at the Jacob Brown Auditorium.

Another to the feast this year will be free flu shots.

Loflin said the event will provide free flu shots for attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis while supplies last.

“To HEB, this is one of our dearest events, so it’s very close to our hearts. It’s a tradition in the community. We truly invite our families, friends and those in need to come out and enjoy a hot meal on us. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn’t be who we are at HEB if it wasn’t for them. We can only give back to the community because of their loyalty all year around.”

jsanchez@brownsvilleherald.com

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