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Gonzales family Thanksgiving dinner planned for next month

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The Gonzales family is preparing for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and is seeking community help.

This year’s dinner is slated to take place on Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles at 3202 South Sunset Ave.

Mary Gonzales, president of the Community Volunteer Program, wrote in a letter that the free dinner is open to “the elderly and the poor,” as well as those who want to attend or volunteer.

As supplies are low, canned goods, turkeys and mashed potatoes — and volunteers — are needed. Other options for involvement include offering financial contributions, covered dishes, donated pies or desserts, meal delivery to homes, utensils and paper goods, and transporting the elderly to and from the event.

“We really need the participation from the community,” Gonzales said, adding that volunteers are also needed prior to the event to help prepare.

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Roswell High School’s cheerleaders will have collection boxes at local businesses and Gateway Christian School will be collecting canned goods for Thanksgiving dinner. Gonzales said businesses are welcomed to get involved.

On Nov. 1-3, the Gonzales family will be out front at Sam’s Club, at 4400 N. Main St., to collect donations.

For more information, Mary Gonzales can be reached at 624-7579 or via email at maryephesians118@hotmail.com. Checks can be made payable to the Community Volunteer Program and donations can be dropped off at 1101 Caminisito after calling for an appointment.

Johnny Gonzales was known for his philanthropic work and ministry with everyone, from prisoners to children. His wife Mary Gonzales and their family have put on everything from school supply drives to holiday celebrations for those in need since the ‘80s.

Since his passing on Nov. 25, 2017 after fighting cancer, Mary Gonzales and her grandsons Nathaniel, vice president, and Josiah Paredes, assistant, continue to carry on the traditions.

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