St. Vincent de Paul served up mountains of delicious food on Thanksgiving Day at our main charitable campus and at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Both efforts were a success thanks to the leadership of Constable Reginald Brown and St. Vincent de Paul Food Services Director, Denise Terrance. Constable Brown, Karen Lord, and the founders of Holiday Helpers were there to ensure that St. Vincent de Paul’s first meal at the River Center was a success. We especially thank Michael Day, General Manager of the River Center; Rhonda Ruffino, Director of Sales, Marketing & Events at the River Center; Chef Peter Palisi and staff for working with our Food Services Director to ensure that the River Center meal went well. St. Vincent de Paul’s Debra Blacher was there to welcome all the volunteers to the event. Hundreds of volunteers showed up and, together, made a real difference for our community.
It’s an honor and privilege to continue the Holiday Helpers tradition. Constable Brown and Michael Acaldo are both looking forward to next year when St. Vincent de Paul will continue the Holiday Helpers tradition of excellence at the River Center.
The spirit of Thanksgiving was also alive and well at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. Volunteers worked inside and outside to serve the poor and homeless. Plates were piled high with turkey, dressing, yams, cranberry sauce, and dessert. This was truly a Thanksgiving feast! The people we served were so thankful for this delicious holiday meal, and they were encouraged to come back for second and third helpings. Volunteers had a great time, socializing with other volunteers and with our dining room guests. Bishop Robert Muench kicked off the event with a few words about Thanksgiving and its historical basis. He then led the group in blessing the food, the people who served it, and the needy guests that came to our dining room to share this wonderful meal. We are so grateful for everyone who helped to make this Thanksgiving such a success.