Give it up for the volunteers and Southside United HDFC–Los Sures for hosting more than 600 guests at the 14th annual Thanksgiving fest held on Nov. 17 at the First Spanish Presbyterian Church.
Participants began lining up at 3 pm for the 6 pm dinner and came prepared with shopping carts to take home turkeys that many won at the end of the evening — more than 200 were awarded!
Ramon Peguero, executive director at Los Sures, launched this year’s festivities — which he began with his wife more than a decade ago as a way of giving back to the community — by thanking Rev. Carmen Rosario, pastor of the church, along with the many volunteers.
“Before we get started I want to say thanks to First Spanish Presbyterian Church,” he said. “Raul Flores, thank you for your leadership and your hard work in putting this together. This is not possible without the support of our volunteers and sponsors. I want to thank Freehold and We Work for its hard work and generous check of $1,000, and we hope that this is the first of many events that we will have together.”
Southside United HDFC–Los Sures is a community-based, non-profit organization that has undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably while creating an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood. The organization provides a range of social services including a food pantry, a fresh produce distribution center, a senior center, tax preparation assistance, community and tenant advocacy, and workshops.
Southside United HDFC–Los Sures [434 South Fifth St. and Union Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 387–3600; www.lossu