Thanksgiving Feast canceled in Humble

November 13, 2012 2:43:12 AM PST
It's become a Turkey Day tradition in Humble. Volunteers open their hearts and offer their time to make sure no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving. But this year's Thanksgiving feast has been canceled, largely because a call for help went unanswered.

The feast is just too large and too much for the organizer to handle, and no one has stepped in to take over.

Bonnie Gardner is a caterer in Humble. For eight years, while running her business, she's also organized the Humble Thanksgiving Feast, a community-wide dinner open to the public.

"I just felt like this community needed something for our community Thanksgiving," Gardner said.

But as Gardner's mother fell ill last year, she knew she couldn't care for her, keep her business running and do the feast. Something had to give.

"I have some personal family problems that I have to take care of," she said.

The feast grew from 900 attendees the first year to over 3,000 last year. Some were needy, others weren't.

Gardner and 400 volunteers prepared more than 1,500 pounds of turkey plus all the sides in their commercial-grade kitchen.

Months ago, Gardner warned the city she may not be able to handle the job this year. Since then, city leaders say no one has offered to take over Garnder's role

City Manager Darrell Boekse tells us, "No one stepped up. It's an unfortunate issue."

Those who have attended in years past were saddened by this news.

"When you're by yourself, you don't really do stuff like that," Diana Cowley said.

Cowley said she may eat alone this year.

"You wish that maybe a bunch of them would maybe go in and share the burden," she said.

We worked on this story with the help of our Houston Community Newspapers partners. You can read more in the Kingwood Observer.


Load Comments