Community dinner set for Thursday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers

Portales — The Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales.

The meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and desserts is free and open to the public. Portales and Cannon Air Force Base volunteers will help out with this year, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the meal.

“It means a lot to the people we help,” Joe Pari, an organizer of the meal, said. “We come from a blessed nation. These people (who are helped) are helping me. They touch my life. I hope it (the event) does something for them.”

Pari said volunteers helped serve more than 400 people last year, including home delivery to those who are homebound.

“Volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base will come to town to help,” Pari said. “It makes them feel better and makes them feel like a part of the community.”

Pari said some CAFB personnel and spouses are unable to go out of town to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving break.

Urioste said people who are homebound and want to call to request delivery must call in by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Home delivery will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“It’s a special occasion and everybody looks forward to it,” Pari said. “The holidays can be a lonely time for some people. People can go to the dinner and interact with other people from the community during the holiday.”

For information or to volunteer, call Elvia Garcia at 693-1857, Pari at 791-0882 or Urioste at 693-3319.