For the past two years, the weekend before Thanksgiving has traditionally been the Garnet Initiative’s Thanksgiving Block Party, and this year was no exception. The City of Fullerton blocked off Garnet Lane for a few hours and the entire neighborhood came out to enjoy a turkey dinner. Nearly 20 turkeys were prepared beforehand by the neighbors themselves. The stuffing, green beans and mashed potatoes were made the night before. On the day of the event, everyone came out and shared the food they’d prepared. The afternoon consisted of face painting, bounce houses, music and lots of food. This year we celebrated with at least 700 people from the neighborhood and surrounding churches.
Even with all of the food, games and music, the most important aspect of the Thanksgiving Block Party has always been the neighborhood. The best part of the event is the sense of community that comes from everyone being out and about on the street. Everywhere you go, you run into a friend or a neighbor who is simply enjoying life because they are so stuffed, they cannot help but be happy. This year’s Thanksgiving Block Party likewise encouraged a strong sense of community that is felt among the parents, the children and the volunteers.
Kevin Mo-Wong, Church Development Director/Volunteer Coordinator