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20131122 MISSION Turkeys-delivered JS IMG 3913A caravan of Mission fire trucks, police units and other vehicles slowly made its way into a trailer park off Mile 2 and Trosper roads. Each vehicle was loaded down with boxes of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables, almost everything families would need to put together a Thanksgiving Day meal.

Residents stood outside their homes—most of them old RVs that had been immobile years ago—braving the 40-degree temperatures and light rain. Fifty families in the small community had one more thing to be grateful for as they broke bread Thursday.

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for the Mission Police Department that goes back at least a decade, and this year several city departments got involved. Even Mayor Norbeto Salinas was a part of the convoy that parked along the dirt road that winds through the trailer park.

“We feel that we needed to do something like this for these types of families, getting to some of the most poorest people that we have,” Salinas said.

Keystone Construction donated the turkeys and Mission Towing helped deliver the food.

City Manager Martin Garza said the city hopes to expand the program next year and feed more families. City employees are out in the community and see the need in certain areas of town, he said.

“To us, really, it’s a great day. We’re very honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be able to serve local members of the community that we feel certainly need some help in order to provide a nice, humble dinner for their families,” Garza said. “We’ve been a very blessed city, and we want to be able to share that.”

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