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H-E-B employees, volunteers prepare for 13th annual Feast of Sharing

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ABILENE, Texas - Monday was a busy day at the Abilene Convention Center, and Tuesday will be even busier.

Hundreds of H-E-B employees and volunteers are getting ready for the 13th annual Feast of Sharing.

This year they're expecting to serve more than 7,000 people holiday meals, and there will be much more than just food at Tuesday's event.

Meredith Adams is decorating the tree at her table representing Saint Francis Community Services. It's an agency that connects parents and children in foster care.

It's one of dozens of agencies that will be on hand for Tuesday's Feast of Sharing to share what they do in the community.

"The mission statement of our agency is to bring hope to families, and so I think this is a fun and easy and generous way to do that," Adams said.

There's of course also that holiday meal, and so they were also setting up tables and putting down placemats -- expecting to feed more than 7,000 people from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"It's just a welcome for everybody in Abilene and the surrounding areas to come and have a free meal," said Angelia Spicer, an Abilene HEB store director. "HEB just opens it up to the community."

HEB provides the food, and some 600 volunteers will work together to serve the meals.

"They'll have ham, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, rolls, apple pie and a drink," Spicer said.

There will also be live music and entertainment and activities for children. It's all free and everyone is invited.

"It's a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and to get to know people not just that are in need but get to know where you live and who's around you," Adams said.

Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and HEB didn't forget about the homebound.

Last week they provided about 1,200 of those holiday meals to those who receive food from Meals on Wheels.

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