Hundreds of people gathered on Thanksgiving morning as the Our Lady of Sorrows Church teamed up with Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) to give out food to the community. Volunteers gathered at 10 a.m. to begin set up for the event, which took place at the Langley Park Community Policing Center. During the set up […]
Hundreds of people gathered on Thanksgiving morning as the Our Lady of Sorrows Church teamed up with Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) to give out food to the community.
Volunteers gathered at 10 a.m. to begin set up for the event, which took place at the Langley Park Community Policing Center. During the set up people gathered around the small building, many bringing food or drinks and lending a helping hand.
Cpl. Juan Damian of the PGPD, who has worked with the event since its inaugural event nine years ago, said the event is one of his favorites each year.
“Every year I look forward to this event all year,” Damian said. “The more you give the more you get back. It feels nice inside to help people out.”
Additionally, the event is an important one because it allows the community to build trust with the local police Damian said.
Since its inception in 2006 the event has grown every year and this year, for the first time, the event included a coat giveaway with over 300 coats, gloves and hats to give out to those in need, said Julia Gonzalez a prayer group coordinator with Our Lady of Sorrows and one of the event’s primary organizers
Gonzalez said the event “fills [her] heart with a lot of peace” and it “feels good helping people.” Her favorite part is walking around seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they eat.
Gonzalez estimated 1200 plates of food were served during the event and called it a success.
Misael Sorto, a church member, worked at the coat table and brought salad and drinks to the event.
“It means a lot giving to people that need, especially on this day,” he said.
At noon, when Father Mario Majono blessed the food, a line of people stretched around the small building where the food was held. Once inside the building, people went from table to table to get the food.
Frederick Nordhorn, the commissioner of the Prince George’s County Commission for Veterans, left the small building with a box of food he intended to bring to people who were unable to attend the event on their own.
Nordhorn, who served in Germany for six years during the Cold War, called the event “helpful for the community.”
Blanca Jimenez, who brought her family to the event, echoed Nordhorn’s sentiment.
“It is something good for the community,” Jimenez said. “It is something beautiful to share for everyone.”