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Dec 02, 2011 — ODESSA, Texas — Volunteers spray-painted decorations and put the finishing touches on the ninth annual Feast of Sharing during the media preview Thursday at Building D at the Ector County Coliseum.
“It’s HEB’s way of giving back,” Chair of Feast of Sharing Cristy Batte said.
The free family friendly dinner, served by volunteers and catered by HEB’s mobile kitchen, is celebrated in 31 communities in Texas and Mexico, HEB representative Bill Mosley said.
The mobile kitchen drives from community to community from the beginning of November until Christmas providing a holiday meal for over 200,000 people, Mosley said.
But it’s not just about the food.
Local organizations like the Texas Civil Rights Project and Rolling Video Games are setting up booths and in the Children’s Area kids can enjoy activities like face-painting and cookie-decorating, Odessa Links Executive Director Andrea Quiroz said.
And there will also be live entertainment throughout the event including mariachis, a jazz band and other performers.
Hundreds of volunteers from around the community participate, helping with the Children’s Area and serving meals, Batte said.
Many of the volunteers come in large numbers, like church groups, and are organized by the Complex Community Federal Credit Union, Batte said.
She said about 7,000 people are expected to attend today’s event, which is more than last year.
If people can take one take away one thing from event, Batte said she hopes it’s an appreciation for the people of Odessa.
“I hope they appreciate the great community that we have,” Batte said.