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Mission Crime Stoppers give food to 200 families for Thanksgiving

Families across the city of Mission were given the gift of a Thanksgiving meal, just in time for the holiday.

Last Thurs. Nov. 19, the Mission Crime Stoppers held their annual Turkey Giveaway at the Mission Parks and Recreation Office. Department leaders representing every facet of the city government – administrative and law enforcement alike – gathered wearing masks and gloves to distribute over 200 meals to needy families.

Officers prep to load canned and boxed foods, bread and turkey during the Mission Crime Stoppers annual Turkey Giveaway drive-thru. Photo courtesy of the city of Mission.

“We began this program simply as a way of giving back to our community. It’s been a challenging year, so we are excited to bring some joy to these families during this pandemic,” Mission Crime Stoppers Coordinator Robert Rodriguez said. “We have partnered up with the city of Mission and the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank to make this holiday an unforgettable one for families that may have gone without a Thanksgiving dinner.”

The Mission Crime Stoppers executed the Turkey Giveaway with a drive-thru to promote social distancing and keep residents safe. Rodriguez said that the event was already set up for even more precautions, considering they had been using a drive-thru method in years past.

“We’ve been taking precautions,” Rodriguez said, noting the Crime Stoppers used to go and drop off the Thanksgiving Turkey meals in-person, from house to house. “It’s great, it’s awesome.”

Citizens were asked to open up their trunk so volunteers could place food boxes inside with limited contact. The families were pre-selected based on need by the Mission Consolidated Independent School District and the Community Development Block Grant Program.

The families were awarded food pick-up vouchers in advance, face masks were required and the event was not open to the public. Rodriguez added it was good to see all the city departments come together and volunteer to distribute the meals.

“We thought, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a lot more people who need it even more,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a partnership – we’ve always worked together.”

The day before, at the Mission Event Center, the Iglesia Restauracion church held a Turkey Giveaway as well. There, for pre-registered Mission residents, turkey and all the trimmings were given out for pick up.

That event drew even more cars, and by the end of the night Iglesia Restauracion gave out over 1,000 turkeys to families. According to the city of Mission, hosting these events is all done in the spirit of giving for the community.

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