Hundreds attend annual Paul Teixeira Nipomo Community Thanksgiving dinner

Annual event draws record amount for free meal

Hundreds attend annual Paul Teixeira...

NIPOMO, Calif. - Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the fixings were served today in Nipomo.

It was all part of a popular event held each year to bring the community together.

For the sixth straight year, the "Paul Teixeira Nipomo Community Thanksgiving" has brought hundreds of local residents to St. Joseph's Parish to celebrate the holiday.

"The idea is to have a meal where the community can come together, doesn't matter who you are, how much money you make, where you live," said event coordinator. "It's just come and meet your neighbor, have a meal together, have fun, enjoy each other's company, relax, meet somebody new and have a great meal."

Created by Teixeira, the late San Luis Obispo County District 4 supervisor who died in 2013, the three-hour event is completely free of charge.

"The Nipomo Food Basket donates a lot of the dry products for us and we collect money with the sales centerpieces that the Nipomo FFA makes and Golden State Water donates the turkeys to our cause and we have private donations and the service groups just takes something," Geaslen said.

Geaslen added any leftover food would be donated to those in need.

Local service clubs, non-profit organizations, youth clubs and groups, schools and area businesses all combined forces to serve meals to everyone who attended.

People were encouraged to meet others in attendance and to strike up a conversation with those around them.

"We tend to get busy with our day-to-day life and have people that live in Trilogy and Blacklake and in downtown Nipomo and on the Mesa and off the Mesa," said Geaslen. "This is a good time for us to meet new people that have moved into our community, reacquaint ourselves with the old families that have lived for many generations and it's just a good opportunity for people to come together, share a meal, watch the kids do their thing and have a good time."

Held from noon to 3 p.m., more than a 1,000 people attended today's meal. It was a record amount for the event, easily beating last year's mark of 800.

More than 100 volunteers helped out and nearly 50 turkeys were prepared.

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