Monday, November 30, 2009

Close to 750 people enjoy Thanksgiving Day festivities in Pomona

Close to 750 children, women and men enjoyed a FREE hot Thanksgiving Day meal at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference's 12th Annual Community Thanksgiving Day event in Pomona.

The event also included entertainment and a surprise visit from Santa Claus.

"We expected to serve 500 people, but we saw a 50% climb over that number," said Henry Cabrera, president of the Society's St. Joseph Conference. "It just goes to show you that there are still many people in need, and we see it first-hand on a daily basis. However, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."

As it had for the past 11 years, Jouni’s Catering in Upland supplied the food and the cooks. Owner Yakoub Jouni, a parishioner at St. Joseph Church and a member of St. Joseph’s American Arab Catholic Community (AACC) said that he is thankful that he and his family can share the holiday with others.

Also assisting with the feast was the AACC, the Knights of Columbus, Council 877 - which helped start this annual event with Jouni's Catering - and St. Joseph's young people.

Please visit the Society's YouTube channel at to view some videos from the turkey event.

In addition, to view a news story from Black Friday at St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores, click on the KABC logo on the right side of this blog.

Photos: Top - This young food critic approves the meal; Bottom - Santa visits the children.

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