Sixty-two local families received a Thanksgiving surprise on Sunday, November 18th when 34 volunteers delivered 55 food baskets and 7 gift certificates for dining out at local restaurants. “Tears of joy and appreciation were flowing when we delivered these food baskets,” says First National Bank in Trinidad, Wal-Mart Branch Manager and Vice President, Mrs. Roberta Noel. Mrs. Noel organized the food drive for the Branch, where within 17 days, countless cans of food and $5,571.00 in cash donations were collected for area families in need. Families without cooking facilities were given gift certificates to go out for a family meal. Families receiving food baskets not only received all the items needed for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but also received a “side-kick” box of food items to help with groceries after the holiday, including bacon, cheese, eggs, pasta, fresh fruit basket, fresh vegetables, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, ham steak, sugar, flour, cooking oil, pinto beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and rice. “We shopped all the sales, and in some cases, stores donated some of the food items; this way we were able to really stretch the dollars donated,” says Mrs. Noel.
“Several families were so overwhelmed, they could not find the words to express their gratitude,” says Mrs. Noel. “We’ve sponsored this food drive for many years now, but this year we were able to reach more families than ever. The generosity of the people, businesses and organizations in this community is unbelievable!” Four bank employees and some of their family members volunteered to help deliver the food baskets on a Sunday afternoon, along with the Trinidad High School Honor Society and their sponsor Louis Rino. Afterward the group was treated to sub sandwiches, salad, and dessert, provided by Mrs. Noel.
Mrs. Noel, on behalf of The First National Bank in Trinidad, Wal-Mart Branch, says in closing, “Thank you to everyone who donated, and to the volunteers who helped deliver the food baskets. You have come together to do a good thing . . . by giving for Thanksgiving!”
Photos courtesy Roberta Noel
Header Image: Volunteers who gathered to sort and deliver Thanksgiving food baskets on Sunday, November 18th, included (left to right) front row, Lisa Ortiz, Sophie Sheumaker, Louis Rino, Joey Martinez, DJ Martinez, Sierra Romero, middle row, Justus Dionisio, Adrianna Bachicha, Danielle Lamorie, Giana Vezzani, Victoria Bachicha, Brandon Robinson, Patrick Sandoval, Jasmine Abeyta, Katie Blan, Anthony Arant, Brenna Simpson, Janine Pachelli, Bonnie Pachelli, back row, Chance Wiening, Justin Duran, Janay Jolly, Denise Wichterman, Faye Litzinger, Abe Serna, Giana Glorioso, Gabriela Peraza, Tiana Gonzales, Ben Torres Doxey, Joe Kastner, Brenda Powell, Susan Grubelnick, Diana Kastner, Roberta Noel.