“Ms. Rasie!!!” they screamed; running at full-tilt to give her a big bear-hug, while families and volunteers watched with smiles on their faces. Grinning from ear-to-ear, Rasi returned the hug and somehow managed to make it over to her seat, where she was greeted by parents and close to fifty other familiar faces from the Creekside and Sacramento Community Centers.
“This season is about Thanksgiving,” Pastor Abraham Smith said. “Tonight, we are here to give some thanks and happiness to all of you!”
As volunteers from the First A.M.E. Church served a delicious meal, United Community staff and Neighborhood Ambassadors enjoyed visiting with families from the neighborhoods they serve.
“This is what United Community is all about,” Neighborhood Ambassador and United Community Board Member Lisa Jones said. “It’s about bringing people together from all different neighborhoods and walks of life and making them feel valued – helping them to feel that they’re a part of something bigger.”
"Thank you for making this dream come true for my girls!"
“It is so great to see the community come together to do this for families in need,” one volunteer at the Gum Springs Community Center noted. “This will mean so much for families in our community!”
“My daughters were asking if we were going to have a turkey,” one Mt. Vernon Woods ES mother said. “I couldn’t figure out how to tell them we wouldn’t be able to afford it. I can’t thank you enough for making this dream come true for my girls!”
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