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17th Annual "Feast of Sharing"

Thousands couldn't wait till Thanksgiving for the turkey and stuffing, so they lined up for a holiday meal at the 17th Annual "Feast of Sharing" hosted by H-E-B.

Thousands couldn't wait till Thanksgiving for the turkey and stuffing, so they lined up for a holiday meal at the 17th Annual "Feast of Sharing" hosted by H-E-B.

Connie Gonzalez reports.

Tis the season for giving, that's what the holiday's are all about.

H-E-B Unit Director, Lynn Shipley, says "Giving back to the community in so many different ways really send the message, and hopefully it will be contagious. Hopefully other people will give."

1,800 pounds of turkey and mashed potatoes, 1,400 pounds of stuffing and veggies, 7,000 dinner rolls and we can't forget the 700 pumpkin pies for dessert; all of this and you get H-E-B's 17th annual "Feast of Sharing" in San Angelo.

Shipley said, "Our goal is to get as many of our local community in here as we can."

November just started but it's never too early to spread the Thanksgiving spirit, and that's exactly what 600 volunteers intended to do.

PFC Daniels of Goodfellow Air Force Base said, "It gives me great joy to see the smiles on the people's faces and to know that they're pleased by what we do, and it's just a great opportunity for us to give back to the community."

One woman, Melissa Mendez, attended the event for the first time with her family.

"I'm amazed by all the people and all the workers that are here, and serving all of the individuals. It's awesome to see people gathering from all over town."

San Angelo is only the second of 17 stops for the H-E-B Mobile Kitchen. By Christmas, over 225,000 Texans will enjoy a special holiday meal.

"We need to see more individuals coming together like this," Mendez says.

In just three hours, over 6,000 people were touched by the spirit of giving.

"I think this is a great way to start that mind-set to get everybody to 'Pay it Forward' in our community," Shipley said.

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