PRIMERA — For the past nine years, families in need have been able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the efforts and generosity of the community.
The Primera Police Department has partnered with local organizations and business owners to prepare baskets with all the essentials to enjoy a turkey meal, including mashed potatoes, seasoned stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
The 26 families selected to receive the Thanksgiving meals were notified earlier this week and were welcomed Thursday morning as they picked up their baskets.
According to Police Chief Manuel Trevino, the Police Department works with the school district to indentify families in need.
“We contact one of our local schools here, and teachers are familiar with the kids,” he said. “They tell us which families are in need, and we call them and let them know they are selected.”
The baskets are prepared weeks in advance of Thanksgiving to allow families to make plans for their dinners.
“We are giving them the baskets early in case they were planning to spend money for Thanksgiving, that way they don’t have to,” Trevino said.
Angela Salas, 46, is a grandmother and is one of the recipients of the baskets.
Salas has lived in Primera since she was 4 years old.
“I was surprised. I didn’t even know they did that,” she said. “I was like, ‘oh, this is cool.’”
Salas was notified five days ago about the dinner basket coming her way.
With four grandkids in her household, Salas said the meal came in handy.
“I called my sister and told her I needed to put it on Facebook,” she said. “I am very appreciative for everything they do for us every day, and God keeps blessing them.”