by Carol Bridge
RATON — An idea that was born over a kitchen table ten years ago has become a tradition for Raton. Ten years ago, Gerald and Sally Chavez, along with Jamie Esquival and Alfred Tafoya, were commiserating about the emptiness of Thanksgiving after their children had grown up and could not come home for the holiday. They asked themselves how many other people in town felt the same way or had no place to go? After talking to Alandra Floyd of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, they ‘cooked’ up a plan to put on a feast for anyone in the area who found themselves alone or unable to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. From that small beginning year of providing a beautiful dinner for 80 people, last year they fed over 300.
The meal is provided by contributions and and put on by volunteers – about 20 of them – who give their Thanksgiving to make sure that many people are able to enjoy the food and fellowship of a full table of friendly people.
It takes about 30 turkeys and cases of potatoes and fixings to feed so many people. The volunteers and Father Bill Woytavich love that it has become a community event and they warmly invite anyone who finds themselves alone to come and enjoy a first class dinner with homelike decor. The dinner is from 12 to 1, home deliveries are made from 11 to 12, and take out dinners are from 1 to 2. Contributions are also welcome! Call Sally Chavez at the church office 575-445-9763 if you have any questions or would like to be put on the list for delivery or to be a volunteer.
The feast is held at the St. Patrick Hall, 105 Buena Vista.