Humble ISD elementary students color the placemats beforehand, and there will be local entertainment and a Kid’s Corner.
The event was started by a committee of five women who attended First United Methodist Church, said Chairman Bonnie Gardner. During the first feast around 900 people were served. It is dine-in only with no take-out, to encourage everyone to mingle with volunteers, sponsors and community members. Delivery is available for those who live in Humble but are unable to attend. Because the meal is provided free of charge, monetary donations are being sought to help alleviate the associated costs.

“People this year need Humble Thanksgiving more than ever,” Gardner said. “For those affected by Harvey, who might not even have a kitchen to cook in … We want people to come to Thanksgiving and not have to worry for a day.”

Food will be provided by Top Hat Catering and Mo’s Barbecue as in years past. On the menu is turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, gravy, green beans, corn dinner rolls, desserts, and iced tea and lemonade.

Although the feast committee welcomes any size donation, sponsorship starts at Wing: $100; Thigh: $250; Drumstick: $500; Breast: $1,000; Gobble: $2,000; and Wishbone: $2,500.

Besides monetary donations, volunteers are needed to help with serving food and beverages, greeting guests, delivering dinners and cleaning up. A volunteer orientation will be held at the Humble Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. Volunteers can also sign up at the meeting.

For those who are homebound and would like a meal delivered, there is an answering service at 281-540-9597.

For more information, find Humble Thanksgiving Feast on Facebook.

There are several ways to donate funds to this worthy cause: send a check to Humble Thanksgiving Feast, 1702 Wilson Road, Humble, TX 77394; make a deposit at Citizen Bank or use a credit card and call Gardner at 281-923-3175.

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