Thanksgiving community dinners are slowly coming back to Austin

Austin’s Principe de Paz Church hosted a hybrid event on Thursday where people could either grab a plate or stay and enjoy the meal with others.

AUSTIN, Texas – It’s Thanksgiving!

The turkeys are in the oven and the potatoes are mashed.

Eating good food is the main event of this holiday and the reason to gather at the Iglesia Bautista Principe de Paz.

Principe de Paz secretary Isabela Garcia said they were celebrating by giving back to the community.

“This person came over and said she was having trouble at home paying her bills,” Garcia said. “She had no food. They cut her off. It’s wonderful that this person knew there was a place they could come for help.”

On Thursday, they helped hundreds of people like this person.

The event has been around for years, but had many limitations in 2020. However, as central Texas adapts to COVID-19, so does the church.

“This year we made it more of a hybrid event where we still have most of the time to do,” said Nestor Menjivar, pastor at Principe de Paz. “But we’ve prepared tables for those. There are people who don’t have a place to go to have their Thanksgiving meal.”

They wanted to make sure everyone felt the love because there is nothing like being in community.

“A lot of people come from other countries who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving,” Garcia said. “When that person comes to the United States, for us it’s important to show them that they have a place.”

“Even though it is a country that has been blessed and we have many, there are still many who are in need,” Menjivar said. “We all need to do a little to help others.”

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