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Shelter residents enjoy holiday meal on SE

By Elaine Bonilla/reporter

Hayley Orrantia of The X-Factor’s Lakoda Rayne sings Christmas songs for an audience of volunteers and residents of the Arlington Life Shelter at the SE Holiday Feast and Fellowship Program.
Photos By David Reid/The Collegian

Arlington Life Shelter residents were treated to a holiday meal with all the trimmings by SE culinary students at the Holiday Feast and Fellowship Program Nov. 27.

Joyful holiday music consumed the room, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree burst with presents underneath and at least 60 volunteers walked around in festive Christmas hats and reindeer antlers ready to serve guests.

The residents of Arlington Life Shelter were bused in and started off the night with a dinner and entertainment by the Sentimental Journey Quartet. The dinner consisted of traditional favorites such as turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, wheat rolls and a variety of desserts.

Lud Floras, a SE Campus student, receives a plate of food to take to a shelter residents.
Photos By David Reid/The Collegian

Culinary arts department chair Sherry Sipho said the

homemade dinner was prepared by the SE intermediate culinary arts students with food donated by Ben E. Keith.

Other entertainment included special guest Hayley Orrantia, part of the group Lakoda Rayne seen on The X Factor. Orrantia sang a few Christmas songs for the audience. The SE Rhapsody Movement Company showed off their dance moves and even invited the children in the audience to learn the steps.

SE student development coordinator Frankie Ward said she likes to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and show the community that TCC cares.

The volunteers included current students and staff and alumna Janekka Colbert, her family of four and a friend.

“I used to do this as a student and made it a tradition for our family,” Colbert said. “This is one of the first things my kids do to start the season.”

Nine-year-old Elijah and 12-year-old Trinity Colbert said the best part of volunteering is helping those less fortunate.

SE culinary arts students prepared a meal of turkey and sides while volunteers served it.
Photos By David Reid/The Collegian

“It’s a very rewarding experience,” said Myiah Colbert, 17.

SE student and volunteer Rita Caravantes became involved after she participated in Blue Santa last year and liked the reward of giving Christmas gifts to children.

Caravantes said she hopes the children receiving help will one day also help out other children in the same situation.

Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and a handful of elves greeted the children, who then sat down to hear Mrs. Claus read the story of her friend Frosty.

After the meal, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman visited the children of the Arlington Life Shelter and read the story of how Frosty came to be.
Photos By David Reid/The Collegian

Once story time was over, Santa made his appearance handing out gifts to the children who ripped off the wrapping paper to see what was inside.

“Thanks to everyone for putting this together,” said shelter resident Jacklyn NGirarsaol. “It’s wonderful.”

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