A little under a decade ago the F.U.N. (Friends Uniting Neighbors) Group started as a few people with a caring idea. They wanted to feed the hungry people in our community. They started a Thanksgiving feast tradition. They cook up a banquet fit for a king and invite the entire neighborhood. The first Thanksgiving gathering at the Anza Community Hall fed around 150 people. They are keeping up with the tradition this year, expecting from 150-250 people to join in the holiday feast.
“Some people are a bit more fortunate and some people can use a helping hand, all are welcome. We need to come together and be a community. They cook around 150 pounds of meat to make sure everyone has enough. Let me tell you it is always top notch,” said Donald Seddon, one of the original founders of the group.
The F.U.N. Group didn’t want to hold the dinner the day before Thanksgiving or a day after because, for some people it can be a very sad time of the year when they “are isolated and away from family and when it seems like everyone around you has somewhere to go but you,” Seddon said.
The F.U.N. Group has become like a family to many people. With a friendly smile, delicious food, and a balloon from our local Balloon Artist the spirit of Thanksgiving is alive and well.
It is also a great new tradition, Moms no longer need to slave away all day and cook, then only to go back to the kitchen and clean up all of those dishes.
For those wishing to help, donations of funds, turkeys, and hams for the Thanksgiving feast are being accepted at the ERA office in Anza (with the big boot in front). Ask for Robyn Garrison.
Garrison has been involved with the F.U.N Group almost from the start. She cooks a lot of the food from scratch, so bring your appetite. It is a great sense of community five years ago the F.U.N. group started serving a free barbecue meal on the last Sunday of each month – donations appreciated of course – but this month the free meal will be the Thanksgiving feast which will be served on Thanksgiving beginning at 1 p.m.
The F.U.N. Group will also host a Christmas Feast and toys on Christmas Day at 1 p.m.
Throughout the month the F.U.N. group gathers together every Thursday and make up food boxes to give out to the less fortunate. They are able to fund this by selling food boxes. A $30 box is well worth the value. They also have a $15 box that has a bit less in it. These boxes help to provide the money needed to give away a free box of food to the ones that are not able to afford it. If you are able to help with funds or would like to purchase a food box, you can do so at the ERA office just let them know whether you are donating or purchasing.
To get involved or to donate to the Thanksgiving or Christmas Feast, call Donald Seddon at (760) 390-5537.