TEXAS CITY

Organizations were planning for larger-than-normal crowds at a community Thanksgiving lunch this year as thousands of county residents were still displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to the cafeteria at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School for a feast of turkey, dressing, green beans, pecan pies and other Thanksgiving staples during the annual Texas City community feast.

In the days before the holiday, the lead organizer had passed out fliers at hotels and motels along Interstate 45, where many people displaced by Harvey are staying, said Barbara White, chairwoman of the event.

“A lot of folks are in hotels and can’t cook, but they should still get to have Thanksgiving,” White said.

Beginning Sunday, United Faith Alliance, several mid-county churches and organizations such as United Way Galveston County Mainland prepared turkeys and sides to feed up to 1,100 people, White said.

At long tables, families and individuals gathered for a hot meal and, for those in need, groceries and free clothing were available.

Antonio Blue, who works for the Texas City Independent School District, was helping load groceries into cars and folding donated clothes at the event.

“There’s still people in dire need,” Blue said. “People are still in recovery after losing everything.” They need everything from love to a hug to clothing.”

There were some young volunteers, too. Sam Savanich, a 12-year-old from League City, was helping hand out desserts and drinks. With many family members in Texas City, Savanich wanted to get involved and help host the event. It was his fourth year volunteering, he said.

Texas City residents Adele Medellin and her husband have attended the community dinner for two years. They showed up early and had plans to eat before spending the rest of the day at home, Medellin said. They were thankful to have the event to go to each year, she said.

“It’s a nice thing to have here,” Medellin said.

Marissa Barnett: 409-683-5257; marissa.barnett@galvnews.com

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