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Artesia residents celebrated early Thanksgiving at community center

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The Artesia Community Center housed more than a thousand people Friday night during the Thanksgiving Love Feast hosted by Trinity Temple Assembly of God. (Mike Smith Photo)

CARLSBAD — Thousands of Artesia residents got an early Thanksgiving meal this past Friday, courtesy of the Trinity Temple Assembly of God.

“This is our 26th annual Love Feast,” said Bobby Argo senior pastor.

“We found scriptures in the Bible that we’re supposed to give to those who can’t repay and that’s what we’re doing is opening it up to the community,” he added.

Tables and chairs were set up at the Artesia Center as members of the community enjoyed a hot meal of either ham or turkey, plus all the fixings.

“We have about 25 hams and 25 turkeys and 100 to 150 deserts,” Argo said.

Argo estimated there were around 300 meals that were carried out. “We give them to the fire department, police department and the two(nursing) homes here in town.”

Argo said preparing a meal for thousands of people takes time. He said church members and others started getting the center ready on Thursday.

“Getting things together as far as getting the dressing fixed and getting all the items down here that we need and I actually started about three months ago when I go to Roswell, I pick up the supplies and it takes a number of trips to get all of the supplies,” Argo added.

Argo was asked what the meal meant to him especially during the Thanksgiving season.

“Well the Bible says it is more blessed to give than receive and that’s we wanna do is give,” he said.

Argo has been appreciative of the community support over the last 26 years.

“The community has responded real well,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that have tried to give offerings and we’re not doing it for an offering. We just do it because we love people and we wanna bless people.”

Argo added,”I just want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.”