About the Event
What an AWESOME Thanksgiving event! On November 19th, SouthGate Church teamed up with the Rio Vista Center as well as several other Christian organizations to help serve Thanksgiving Dinner and provide turkeys and groceries to underprivileged families living in the South Phoenix area. Thirty-one volunteers from our church helped cook and serve the dinner as well as helped hand out turkeys and groceries.
According to Rio Vista, 1013 frozen turkeys and bags of groceries were distributed this year (that's a lot of bagging)! Thanks to our kitchen team who added turkey cleaning to their repertoire along with preparing enough green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy for 2500 people to compliment all those yummy deep fried turkeys that were served up. Of course they couldn't have served up all that food with out some really amazing food and table servers; so, thanks to all of you who helped out with that as well as the guys who muscled all of that food out from the kitchen to the serving area. I know we had some people who helped out in the children's area this year also, so, thanks to all of you as well. An especially big thanks to all of you who stayed late to help with the clean up - that made for a very long day!
Rio Vista was extremely grateful for all of the help we provided for them. They said the thing that stuck out most to them about the people from our church was the great attitude everyone had throughout the day.
Thanks to Ashley Allen for coming out and photographing the event for us again this year!
Thanks to Tonie Banuelos and her crew that handled the grocery bagging duties this year.
A big THANKS and GOD BLESS YOU to all of our volunteers for your hard work and for the lives God was able to touch because of involvement!
About Rio Vista
The Rio Vista Center is a non-profit, Christian organization that responds compassionately to the needs of the Valley’s less fortunate through mobilizing and working with the community. Their mission is to compassionately meet the needs of our community. The Rio Vista Center is located at 1431 E. Southern Avenue in Phoenix.