Many Houston families are without a kitchen this Thanksgiving, as they continue to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, but up in Kingwood, that’s not keeping the turkey and dressing off the table.
The tables are set, and the turkeys are stuffed.
“We’re cooking as many as we can get cooked," organizer Shelli Underwood said.
It's just a few of the finishing touches for a neighborhood in need of an escape.
“Have a day just to take your mind off some of the pressures that are going on," Underwood said.
It started as a Facebook conversation.
“We just started thinking about what everyone was going to do for Thanksgiving," Underwood said.
Today, it’s a feast for friends.
“All of our supplies coming along," Underwood said.
It's all donated - from the tables down to the turkeys - some of it, by the hands of those who, too, lost everything.
“I think everyone, flooded or not, is a victim of this circumstance, everyone is impacted. It’s a trickle down with businesses. The only way to stay sane is to become involved and help," Jill Raines said. Her home flooded, but she donated the table linens for the event.
A hundred birds, brisket, sausage, chicken, sides and stuffing - it’s a labor of love that’s helping to lift a community from a catastrophe.
“Bring people who don’t have normalcy in their lives to kind of a family affair, family event," John Sorrentino said. His Kingwood home flooded, but he also donated to the event.
It's an event that's giving the community something to finally be thankful for.
“Be thankful for good neighbors who continue to live here, and we’re going to pull through this thing. It’s going to take us a little bit longer, but it’s going to be a great neighborhood and continue to thrive," Houston District E City Council Member Dave Martin said.
The event is open to the public. It is being held at The Nathaniel Center in Kingwood from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on Thanksgiving.