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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Killeen Preps for Annual Feast of Sharing

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

This year, H-E-B will be hosting its tenth annual Feast of Sharing Event in Killeen. The event is held in 33 cities throughout Texas and Mexico each year, and is a part of the year-round commitment H-E-B makes in fighting hunger. The invitation is open to everyone in the community, and in addition to a free holiday meal, free flu-shots and glucose screenings will be available. Last year, guests also enjoyed music, arts and crafts, and even a Santa Wonderland for kids. The Feast of Sharing will take place Tuesday, December 12 at the Killeen Civic Center, 3601 S W.S. Young Drive. In the past, the Feast of Sharing Event served over 250,000 meals to families. Just one of these events equates to 3,000 pounds of sliced turkey, 2,500 pounds of cornbread dressing, 750 pies, 380 gallons of mashed potatoes and 140 gallons of gravy, according to H-E-B’s website.

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A volunteer serves dinner at last year’s H-E-B’s Feast of Sharing, an annual event sponsored by H-E-B that offers free holiday meals to the public.

“I’m so grateful that H-E-B reaches out to the community like this,” says Harker Heights resident Danielle Cox at the ninth annual Feast of Sharing. “No one has to feel alone during the holidays, and this way we can get to know other people who live in the area. I’ve only lived in Harker Heights for a little over a year so it’s a great way to meet people,” said Cox.

“For families that don’t have a lot of money, it means a lot,” said Jennifer Stampley last year. “It brings my family closer together, and helps teach our kids the truth of what Christmas is about, which is giving,”

“Events like this wouldn’t be made possible without the help of over 500 volunteers that work graciously around the clock,” said Director of Operations for H-E-B, Ed Page, at last year’s event.

“It’s an incredible turnout,” said Director of Public Affairs for H-E-B, Leslie Sweet, at last year’s event. “It’s rained on us in the past so I’m glad the weather held up. It’s just another great way to bring the community together. It’s a tradition for H-E-B, and we have a dedicated team that will ensure this only gets better every year,” Sweet said.

The event will hold many guest speakers—last year there was live music from the Ellison High School Chamber Singers. This year, the feast took place from 4 to 8 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the event, and those interested should register by calling the Killeen Volunteer Center are 254 501 7878, or visit www.killeentexas.gov. Volunteer registration is open until November 30, or until all available spots are filled.

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