The San Benito CISD Police/Security Department, in collaboration with the San Benito Walmart Supercenter, recently presented Walmart bags containing the food items for a complete Thanksgiving meal to the families of two students from each San Benito CISD school.

Grandparent Sonia Vasquez was wholeheartedly grateful for the generosity of the school police department and the San Benito Walmart Supercenter.

“It’s a great blessing,” Vasquez said when explaining that she cares for a total of 13 grandchildren that live with her and attend San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, Riverside Middle School, and Judge Oscar De La Fuente Elementary.

The food items were going to make a difference in her home this Thanksgiving.

The San Benito Walmart’s leadership team personally donated the turkeys and secured corporate sponsors for the remaining items in the Thanksgiving donation bags. A variety of items collected during the SBCISD Police/Security Department’s non-perishable canned food drive were also included in the bags.

“Our Police Department takes great pride in providing service to our school district and community. The Thanksgiving turkey giveaway initiative was a great success, especially with the help of our sponsor, the San Benito Walmart Supercenter,” proudly explained SBCISD Police Sergeant Norma Martinez.

Martinez added that the school district’s Family and Community Engagement Department and Communities in Schools staff members were instrumental in compiling the list of families that received the Thanksgiving meals.

It’s events such as this that make our job rewarding,” Martinez added.

San Benito Walmart Supercenter assistant manager Norma Garcia explained that they were proud to have helped make the Thanksgiving initiative a success.

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take part in this community event. It was an honor for us to give back to our community who always give us so much,” said Garcia.

The local Walmart’s leadership team – including Garcia and co-manager Eduardo Curzio –personally donated the turkeys and secured corporate sponsors for the remaining items in the Thanksgiving donation bags.

A team effort will help make the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays a little brighter for a few local families.