Based on the charity that Uvaldeans exhibit toward each other – not just at holidays like Thanksgiving but throughout the year – it seems fitting that we offer a paean to those who go out of their way to help the less fortunate in our community.
The group that flies readily to mind this week is the Luv Ya Uvalde organization that come Wednesday will dish up a Thanksgiving meal to as many as 1,400 people. Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Uvalde County Fairplex and end at 12:30 p.m. Doors will open at 10 a.m.
The event has evolved since the first meal was served to about 100 people in 1993. At that time founders Pat and Tommy Flores envisioned serving a Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens and that is exactly what they did with the help of approximately 20 volunteers.
On Wednesday, the Luv Ya Uvalde organization will host a much expanded version of the original meal when they dish up turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie to anyone in Uvalde and the surrounding area who wishes to attend.
People who would like to partake of the meal but are unable to travel, can contact Leticia Hernandez at 830-261-6408 to arrange for food to be delivered. Approximately 300 meals are delivered each year.
Of course the larger meal service also requires more funds and volunteers to carry off, and anyone who wishes to participate should contact Hernandez to become a part of this unique Uvalde Thanksgiving tradition.
Wednesday’s Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving meal typifies the kind of overall community concern that makes us proud. From the students at Anthon Elementary who this year made tents as decorations for the tables to the more than 200 volunteers from throughout the area and the generosity of dozens of donors, we offer our thanks.
We reserve special thanks for Leticia Hernandez and her family members who have carried on this amazing tradition and who each year donate 200 man hours to ensure that a hot Thanksgiving meal is served to anyone who wants it. Surely this is a community effort for which we should all be thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.