Nearly 200 volunteers, staff and board members came together last Saturday to distribute frozen turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to over 1,000 families at El Buen Samaritano and the North Austin Event Center.
We are grateful for the outpouring amount of support from Austin’s Episcopal community, individual donors, our many sponsors, staff, volunteers and everyone who helped us make hunger take a holiday this year. Watch a news clip here:
We are incredibly grateful to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, La Zeta 107.1 and Latino 102.7 for their ongoing support. Special thanks to KEYE, Telemundo Austin, Fox 7, Univision 62 and West Austin News for covering the event, and to special guests Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, Councilmember Mike Martinez and State Representative Eddie Rodriguez for demonstrating their leadership and support for Austin families in need.
Photos by © siLOVE Photography / El Buen Samaritano
Champions against hunger:
All Saints’ Episcopal Church; St. John’s Episcopal Church; St. George’s Episcopal Church; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church; St. David’s Episcopal Church; St. Alban’s Episcopal Church; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; St. Michael’s Episcopal Church; St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church; St. James’s Episcopal Church; Episcopal Church of the Resurrection; Episcopal Health Charities; Seminary of the Southwest; San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church; Lower Colorado River Authority; Jackson, Sjoberg, McCarthy and Townsend LLP; Ballards Grocery; Safeway Inc.; BB&T Corporation; Councilmember Mike Martinez; Anselmi Group, Inc.; Sky Realty; Laura Duran Villa and Rich Villa; Roger Temme; Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison; Erica Solis; Mr. and Mrs. Sillers; Martha Padron; Vicky Turbiville; Victoria Beynon; Abbey Flores; Ann Lipscomb; LaVerne Rodriguez; William and Molly Bennett; Laurie and Ross Garber; Donna Lou DiDonato; Cynthia Wallace; Keith and Marilyn Jones; Linda Bryant; Maria Wright; Christina Heredia; Jennifer Clayton-Guzman; Olga Marcucci; Greg Abell; Lesly Reynaga; Marina Garcia-Alvarado; Valarie Ure; Sandra and Larry Buch; Mary Ann and Lee Gross; Sally and Steven Metcalfe; Bridget and Michael Hoover; Rachel and Christopher Ham; Roger Foreman; Carole Gebhard; Jennifer and Richard Cawley; Patricia McCandless; Brenda Nation; Amy Herzog; Robyn Hadley; Yadira Carranza; Lillian Acosta; Ana Murillo; Mary Sue Keith; Martha Paull and Bruce Scarborough; Walter and Carolyn Moreau; J. Spencer Gordon; Elaine Hosage; Jan Phillips; Henry Stevens; Ramon Trevino; Madeleine Boyer Kadas; Sarah Campbell; Sue Borel; Carole Oppel; Joan Chapmond; Mary Smith; Catherine Nelson; Elizabeth Chenowith; Lark Anthony; Yvette Webb; Andrea Michael; Emily Dolan; Cynthia Archer; Rev. Michael Davis; Mike Thomasson; Lynn Edgerton; Peter Leonard; Betty Hall; Belinda Reininger; Rita Tovar; Sandra Freitag; Trophy Paper; Benjamin Carrasco; Conrad and Helen Duran; Amy Goettle; Richard Robbins; Jerry Sifuentez; Mark Reed; BG Cowan; H.S. Anderson; Laurie and Jonathan Mayor; Nancy Middlebrook; Jaime Beaman; Jonathan Mudge; Laurie Logue; Clifford and Molly Bandy; Harvey Hartenstine; Roger and Mary Bott; James Goudge; David and Rebekah Edwards; Kara Pinnelli; Susie Doss; Justin Voss; Katherine shilloe; Jessica Coronado; Stephen Jeffrey; Jennie Lawton; Danielle Parkes; Marlyne Casis; Adrian Goss; Jeremy Thompson; Cynthia Sherman; Roger and Donna Chan; Nancy Cooper; Michael McNamee and M. Vance Taylor; Emily and Brit Jones; Sharon Becca; Gene and Laura Faulk; David and Laura Cox; Mr. and Mrs. Brown; Virginia and Richard Strama; Michael and Becca McMullen; Cole and Megan Bloodworth; Brian and Erin Gilmore; Craig and Jenna Holmes; David and Heather Cuellar; Victoria Teas; Donnie and Annamarie Bordelon; Sheron Juncker; Betty Saenz; Malita Jones; Lisa Hines; Michelle King; Annie Byrom; Will Butcher; Yesenia Rios; Laura Longoria; Jill Walker; Crystal Wilcox; Jose Carrillo; Sherrie Frachtman; Kirsten Edwards; Miriam Parris; Sally Van Sickle; Barbara Winters; Vickie Blumhagen; Robert Biehl; Gene Kincaid; Vicky Blackman; Donna Wilkins; Cathy Little; Linda Powers; Sally Clark-Raphael; Mark Smith; Eric Foster; Amy Lubbering; Chuck and Cathy Kline; Michelle Lopez; Rafael Terrazas; Stacie Fall; Laura Vlasman; Raymundo Salinas; Candice Towe; Lucy Barcenas; Kevin Arterburn; Adam Flagg; Guy Hohmann; Pat Fahey; Jessee Moore; Luke Martinez; Lane Petrosky; Abby Browning; Miguel Romano; Forrest Preece; Michael Kertz; Lesa Kertz; Darin Siefkes; Sara Foskitt; Seth Meisel; Renee Meisel; Matthew Carswell; Luke Ellis; Dave Floyd; Brian Julian; James Landon; Michelle Myers; Carl Myers; John Norbert; Arlana Prentice; Ralph Stewart; Vik Vad; Sherrie Wilson; Resa and Sam Dunn; Philomene Balihe; Janene Franke; Sally Baulch; Carla Crownover; David Langenkamp; Phoebe McMurrey; Lisa Goettle; Jim McComb; Cassie Fillman; Misty Garcia; Tom Simonian; Laura Donnelly; Annie Harrington; Katie Evans; Ivan Dávila.
A group of students from The University of Texas at Austin put together a video for Hands for Hope. Check it out!
We’d like to thank these students for joining our cause to make hunger take a holiday this year!
You, too, can join our fight against hunger by helping us provide Thanksgiving meals to over 1,000 families in need. Click the button below and help us make hunger take a holiday!
Last week, we welcomed three 2nd grade classes of about 18 students from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School on our campus. The special guests toured our Food Pantry and even helped bag groceries to distribute to our families. They learned about hunger, El Buen’s clients, and the relationship between El Buen Samaritano and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. The students also made Feliz día de acción de gracias/Happy Thanksgiving cards that will be placed in the bags of food to be distributed during our Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Event. Last but not least, the young children spent some time reflecting on how it feels to be hungry and made some notes about it.
The students will be going back to their school and presenting what they learned at El Buen. They will create a presentation and make a lecture to practice their public speaking skills in front of the school. It was a pleasure having these young students on our campus supporting our fight against hunger, and we are glad they were able to learn from the experience as well!
Visit our Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Event page to learn more about our fight against hunger and how you, too, can join the cause!