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Gratitude for community


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Julie Staeden smiles as Alyssa Valencia, 7, tells her a story at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday night. Natasha Welt, Boys & Girls Club unit director (not pictured), said around 176 volunteers helped all day to prepare for the dinner, and 300 individuals were served dinner. Tim Coughlin, director of the Boys & Girls Club Sierra Blanca, said in the first hour approximately 160 people had been fed and 46 turkeys had been donated. Jake Ramirez, a representative on the club’s advisory council, said he attended a dinner at the club three years ago. He recently had the idea to revive the dinner and the plan is to keep the momentum going and have another dinner next year. (Alison Penn Photo)