By John Caldwell, Special to the Capistrano Dispatch
On the morning of Nov. 22, generous food gifts from shoppers at five local area grocery stores provided 200 complete Thanksgiving meals for families that might otherwise go without.
The food was solicited, and a “need list” was distributed by the combined efforts of the SJC Rotary Club and the San Juan Hills High School Interact Club. Additionally, local food distributers donated several hundreds of pounds of fresh produce. Later that morning, the turkeys and traditional Thanksgiving food items were picked up and assembled in family meal boxes at San Juan Elementary School, the point of distribution.
Camp Pendleton Marine families with a member deployed overseas received over 160 complete family meals. Other meals went to local San Juan families.
Rotarian Paul Murai, the club’s community service chair, thanked the shoppers, local business leaders and Interact Club members who gave in the spirit of Thanksgiving.