Volunteers Cook Turkeys for Families in Need

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PHARR – A family decided they wanted to help feed other families in need by delivering turkeys. The decision to start the project started 16 years ago and it has been growing more ambitious since.

They start lighting the fires once the sun goes down. The barbecue pits are lined up.

“We’ve done 250 in the past. This time it's 400, so God willing everything will be great,” Darryn Caraveo said.

Caraveo and his brother, Darryk, started making the turkeys as a family project, but these days they’re asking for volunteers.

“The volunteers. We never know exactly how many we’re going to get. I mean, it’s God sent to have these many people here with just a Facebook post. It’s amazing,” he said.

“It’s a great thing to be able to see people come out and volunteer their time,” Mario Trevino with the Holy Spirit Church said. “It’s pretty much going to be an all-night event going on. We’re pretty much prepping, assembling line, making stuffing.”

The turkeys were for Thanksgiving. They said giving thanks is why they step up to help.

“I do this because I enjoy spending time and giving to other families in need,” one woman said.

“We’re here with Texas Roadhouse. This little assembly line,” another volunteer said.

Most of the people in attendance hadn’t met each other before. And while most of the turkeys and other items are donated, the brothers also put up a lot of their own money.

“We can never do enough. But even just one good meal we do is a big blessing to our family and our community. It’s part of giving back to the community,” volunteer cook Joel Vela said.

They work with a well-trained assembly line. Handing them off to the next volunteer, buttering them up, putting on the proper seasoning and transporting them, one by one, ready for the hot pits.

“Helping out the community. Giving back a little bit,” one volunteer said.

“I decided to help my friend. He’s been doing this for charity and so I thought I’d come and help him while I’m in town,” Casey Jones said.

The families that will receive the turkeys have already been chosen. Some by Valley schools.

“It’s not just about eating turkey. It’s about being blessed and helping out other people. And that’s what it’s about,” Trevino said.

“Till I’m 95. As long as I can talk and point, I’m good to go,” Caraveo said.

It’s the holiday season – the season for giving and sharing.

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