The 13th Annual Humble Thanksgiving at the Humble Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m-2 p.m. continues to seek monetary donations and volunteers. It is a tradition for many in the community and everyone is invited, regardless of where they live.

Last year, the feast fed more than 3,000 area residents and many more are expected this year. The event will have local entertainment and a Kid’s Corner. It is dine-in only with no take-out, and delivery is available for those who live in Humble but are unable to attend.

Organizer Bonnie Gardner said she hopes the feast will take the effects of Hurricane Harvey off the minds of people, at least for the day. “People this year need Humble Thanksgiving more than ever; for those affected by Harvey, who might not even have a kitchen to cook in,” she said.

Food will be provided by Top Hat Catering and Mo’s Barbecue as in years past. Many volunteers are needed to help with Humble Thanksgiving and a volunteer orientation will be held at the Humble Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. 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.

Main donors are City of Humble with 1,200 pounds of turkey and Lawler’s with desserts. There are several ways to donate: 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.
New this year in the community is the Kingwood Friendsgiving Feast, aimed at those who live in Kingwood and are still dealing with the aftermath of Harvey. Shelli Underwood initially came up with the idea which spread rapidly over social media.

“We had many friends and family that flooded, and I wanted to do something to help them. I thought of a food drive but where are people going to cook? We need to join together as a community and help each other,” she said.

The feast will be catered by Amber Keyser, owner of Noah’s Kitchen, a catering company and also a nonprofit that feeds the homeless on weekends. She is prepared to provide 500 meals. It will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nathaniel Center (804 Russell Palmer Rd.) which graciously donated the use of the venue. The meal will be served in two shifts and can accommodate up to 340 at a time. Underwood hopes to also have a raffle with baskets and gift cards. RSVPs to the Kingwood Friendsgiving Feast Facebook page would be greatly appreciated.

The event is being sponsored in part by Sigora Solar and North American Interpipe and is seeking monetary donations and items for the raffle. Donation checks should be made out to JLA Can, Inc., a nonprofit organization. The address is JLA Realty, 5332 FM 1960 E., Suite C, Humble, TX 77346. For more information or to contact Underwood, visit Kingwood Friendsgiving Feast on Facebook.

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I grew up on a farm in New Mexico and miss eating hot chile and having four seasons. I didn't start college until I was already a mother and double majored in English and anthropology. I received an Honors B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and was named “Outstanding Student” in English. My honors thesis is titled “The Enduring and Ever-Changing Legend of La Llorona.” I worked as a police reporter for a bit before staying home in Kingwood to raise my two daughters. My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.